Cookin' MCs Like A Pound of Bacon

Sunday, June 03, 2007
Has anyone else out there watched Ego Trip's: The (White) Rapper Show? It's currently showing in re-runs up here on Canada's MuchMoreMusic. Word to your mother, it's the dopest show around. Yeaaaaaah boooyyyyyy. I watched most of it on the first showing but missed the first few episodes and really wanted to see what happened so my Sunday lunchtimes are spent in front of the TV (works out quite well given my Sunday morning Corrie Steet/laundry routine).

The premise of the show is simple and follows the same basic format for all reality shows out there. Ten wannabe (white) MC's compete against each other to try to be the last one standing and named The Next Great White Rapper (and win a cool $100G's). Along the way, they get mentored by some of the founding fathers of Hip Hop as well as some white rappers who've made it big.

As usual, they auditioned some of the absolute trashiest white trash out there. The most glaring example? CKC rapped about how tight her hoo-hoo was because she'd had a c-section rather than a natural birth... (I couldn't make that up if I tried). Now that's classy. You can see her audition in the clip from the show below. And of course, one of the best moments in reality television history - the Yiddish rapper. Of those who made the show, there's some great characters. The mohawked 100-Proof, the self proclaimed one and only drunk rock-rapper. Or how about G-Child, the pint sized female Vanilla Ice Wanna-be? No one will be able to forget Jus Rhyme, a Ph.D. student from California majoring in Ethnic Studies who doesn't drink, smoke, or swear and looks as though he probably was beat up a lot in grade school. With the exception of the first two eliminated rappers who shall remain nameless, the top eight that made the show had real potential.

I won't give away who won in case you're watching it for the first time or it's just coming to your next of the woods but keep your eyes open for big things in the future from $hamrock, John Brown (Hallelujah, holla back), and Persia, who, if she doesn't end up making it in HipHop, has a voice that would still guarantee her a record deal.

If you're not a true conissoier of HipHop (which I certainly am not), you will likely not recognize the host, MC Serch. Who's he, I'm sure you're asking. Well, he has his own promotions company, Serchlight Music, was a radio DJ, and a founding member of the 90s hiphop group 3rd Bass. Still clueless? Me too. Apparently they were "big" according to the sources I've read but the only white rappers I remember from the 90s were Vanilla Ice and the Beastie Boys... Oh well. Their big hits were "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "The Gas Face". Nope, still not ringing any bells? The clip below is of one of their videos. Serch is the adorable slightly chubby one with the bad white-boy fade and Buddy Holly glasses. Thankfully he's ditched the glasses and, more importantly, the fade...but he's still a hottie. Hey! That's just the way this chica rolls, okay?

So, after watching the first season (oh yes, there WILL be a second!), what sort of Hip Hop education have I received? Hard to say, most of the history of rap music and the places they're showing in Brooklyn (the birthplace of Hip Hop) are lost on me as it's really not my genre, other than a brief period in the 1990s when I was hopelessly in love with Everlast from House of Pain. There is one thing I've learned though. While it's true that White Men Can't Jump, some of them (and the girls too) are apparently pretty amazing MCs. Just don't ask me to battle or spit some rhymes.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm pretty much at a loss for words about the whole premise of that show. Certainly what one would categorize as a guilty pleasure.

Jocelyn said...

Darn. I was just about to ask you to spit some rhymes.

Could you at least scratch some vinyl?

* (asterisk) said...

Man, you gots to love Miss CKC, aiiiiight. That is so funny. I'm sure we don't get that show over here, but I can't for the life of me figure out why not.

Red said...

I'll tell you what: we'll take The White Rapper Show and return Canada's Next Top Model, which, I'm sorry to say, is rather lame... although still much better than Britain's Next Top Model, which looked like it was shot in a portacabin, with the walls shaking each time the girls walked up to collect their "You're still in the running" photos.

Wandering Coyote said...

OMG, that woman rapper was hysterical!

Krista said...

I watched a couple episodes of this show. Too funny! But a lot more serious than I was expecting, I suppose.

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