The White Rapper Page by Jim Davies
In the beginning rap was primarily a black art form. Now, in the new century, we are finding more and more that... well, it's still primarily a black art form. In fact, there are so few white rappers out there that they can, as far as I can tell, fit on a single webpage. (Yes, I know webpages can be arbitrarily long.. cut me a break here.)
Please send me any white rappers I might have missed at firstname.lastname@example.org, with "white rappers" in the subject line. Send me the rap group's name and a link to their website. If you include a one-paragraph description, I might include that too, as long as it sticks to facts, and not things like "their the DOPEST MCS ON DA PLANET, YO!!!!!!!"
Description: These guys are good, though they go out of their way to dis Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice. Apparently there is no solidarily even amongst white rappers. After two albums they stopped. Typical in the rap world.
Description: His biggest hits were "Too Bad You're Gonna Die Now" and "If I Only Had a Brain." http://imusic.artistdirect.com/showcase/urban/mc900.html
Description: A contributer writes of Aesop Rock: "arguably the most inventive MC lyrically around right now."
None Shall Pass
Fast Car Danger Fire & Knives (W/Book) [Limited Edition]
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives [Explicit]
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire & Knives
I'll Be OK
I Love College [Explicit]
G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It's A New Day) [Explicit]
Asleep in the Bread Aisle
Lark On My Go-Kart [Explicit]
We're Here To Save The Day (Feat. Asher Roth)
La Di Da [Explicit]
Asleep in the Bread Aisle [Clean]
Asleep in the Bread Aisle [Deluxe Edition w/DVD]
Asleep In The Bread Aisle [Explicit MP3]
The Greenhouse Effect Aka the Greatest Mixtape Ever
Description: Probably the best white group ever, Beastie Boys have been around the longest and have shown the greatest versatility. Their album "Paul's Boutique" is thought by many to be the best or second best hip hop album ever. In my opinion, it's one of the best albums in any genre. What makes the Beasties great are their taste, music, and style. They have such a sense of humor, and are willing to take risks. Their weakness has always been in the lyrics: Nobody thinks any of the boys are terrific Emcees.
B. Dolan: http://bdolan.net/
Mc Bhudda BOUNCE
He’s legit. Does good shows. His best songs to date are, “Harmony Crash” about racial unity and “Sendin’ A Savior”, a biopic about his mother getting raped and still appreciating people who helped him out.
Description: Have to include Blondie because the rap in "Rapture" is arguably the first rap ever. The only rap that came before it is the spoken word of Gil-Scot Heron, which doesn't really qualify as rap in most people's minds.
http://www.soundclick.com/bhcmo Similar to the styles of the underground 3 6 mafia, the Boot Heel Click showcases lyrical talent in areas most often not touched upon. The group leader, TEK aka Tha Entertainment King, started in 99 freestyle rapping over 808 beats he had made, when he met Springfield Missouri rapper, Onymous. For years they dropped underground tapes, such as the self titled EP ENJ, and solo projects "Revelations" and "I Put em all on". They later ventured into thier own label, Port 9 Productions, which has pretty much been at a stand still since 2004. In 2006, Tek formed the Boot Heel Click, with members J Wone and Chill Will. From then on, they continued to do shows from Missouri to Memphis, where they hooked up with Memphis legend DJ Zirk, and 40 Kel. Then in 2010, they hooked up with 2thick, a known group started by DJ Zirk, and started promoting BHC and 2thick as a whole. In April 2010, the Boot Heel Click (BHC) dropped its first official release titled "Hataz Gonna Hate". It featured veteran Missouri rappers, Mista Black and E- Styles, and also featuring a song called "Do Whutcha Do Bitch" featuring Lil Wytes former group the Shelby Forest Click. The BHC remains active as of May 2010, but some occurances have put them in slow mo, with the arrest of fellow rapper, Chill Will.
Description: Has some good stuff. Thanks a lot to Timbaland, his producer.
Description: I have heard he's good.
is a Canadian rapper from the Maritimes.
Description: Kind of a joke band. Mathematicians? http://www.listen.co.jp/artdetail.xtp?artistid=8904&artpg=mc
Description: I have heard he's good. A contributer writes: "El P is one of the top producers (he recently produced an album that was a collaboration with Ghostface) of the underground. Not to mention, he is an awesome MC."
Description: Most people would probably put Em before the Beastie Boys in this list. The reason is this: Eminem is one of the best Emcees ever. Even his detractors have a difficult time faulting the genius of his lyrics. Part of the brilliance of Eminems albums are attributable to his producer, Dr. Dre, who is immensely talented. His albums have a consistent style. The Eminem sound (thanks to Dre) involves melodic tracks, and the lyrics focus on anger, self-loathing, and the women in his life: His ex-wife Kim, daughter Hallie, and mother Debbie. Em didn't invent angry rap, but infused with his vitriol are self-criticisms unheard of in the rap world. For example, on his first album is says "as for being AIDS infested, I don't know yet, I'm too scared to get tested." Listening to Eminem is like reading the diary of a maniac. It's personal, hateful, funny, and very original.
Description: A white rapper paired with a white DJ! Eyedea writes complicated lyrics, and abilities is a great turntablist. I am not crazy about them, but they seem to get respect.
The Austrian singer did some of the first rapping, in his 1982 hit Der Kommissar.
was another of the forerunners of rap in
is another rap group that is fairly mainstream. They get a lot of airplay from local Greek music TV, more than any Greek rappers, except possibly Imiskoumbria.
From Southern California, young college students with a west coast style. The HEAD & StickE SaBaDo's main track is "White Boy" . StickE SaBaDo creates the beats.
two brothers....k-squeez spits fire.....he is the younger of the two.
Description: Everlast had a solo career, then formed House of Pain, and is now back to his solo career. He makes good stuff, but isn't terribly influential in the rap world.
is a three-member rap group, whose inventive lyrics and pop
culture references have made them a hit in
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is a WWE star and rapper.
Description:Had a terrible single called "Yo! Spring Break!" Remember it? That's ok, only I do.
Description: Makes more than just rap, in the tradition of the Beasties and Everlast. He is the only one to have a country influence.
is a 90's rapper.
Pot smoking rappers with a live back
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A british woman signed with Def
He's a member of 3 6 Mafia. http://www.lil-wyte.net/
description: All I know is that he's in jail.
Part of “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.” Had a hit “Good Vibrations.” This rapper is actor Mark Wahlberg.
became known as an electronic music act, but started out as a rap group, with hard sounds and acid beats.
I think this group had a white rapper.
is a French rap and hip hop group, that used celtic rhythms along with their rap. Their main hit was "La Tribu De Dana."
is a former partner with Chamillionaire.
is a slavic rapper.
The rapping half of duo Common Market - http://www.myspace.com/commonmarket
"The Southern hip-hop duo called Rehab were literally a product of their namesake. Original members Danny. Boone and Brooks Buford, both recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, met at a local rehab facility and connected over their love of music. Mashing rap with rock, the duo released their debut album, Southern Discomfort, in 2000 on the Sony label. Cee-Lo, Goodie Mob, and Cody ChesnuTT were some of the guests on the album, which would spawn the Top 15 modern rock hit "It Don't Matter." Two years were spent on the road supporting the album, including a stint on the Vans Warped Tour, and then the duo splintered. Boone retained the name and recruited four veteran musicians for a new Rehab. Now a quintet with Boone as the lone singer/rapper -- and also using his birthname, Danny Alexander -- Rehab signed with Arshid Entertainment and released the ambitious Graffiti the World in 2005." --David Jeffries, All Music Guide
does urban rap and R&B from around 1999 and 2000.
description: Don't know this guy.
Bay Area rapper.
Description: One of the first white rappers to hit the scene in LA. His first official album entitled: "Sexy Smooth" was released in January of 1993 and did pretty well in the states as well as many other countries. Through our research we found that Rocca actually had a few singles released prior that charted on the billboard club charts and he had a few released after. Rocca has 3 music videos to his credentials and wrote/rapped/starred in the James Bond Spoof - Secret Agent OO Soul - with Billy Dee Williams. We also found out that Rocca did not cuss in his songs - he felt that there was an obligation to the youth of the world to try to promote positivity. His album "Sexy Smooth" is sold frequently on "ebay" and "amazon" but for some reason the majority of the publications on White Rappers seem to leave him off.
Description: I have heard he's good. A contributer writes: Sage Francis has "Personal Journals," a critically accalaimed debut album to his credit along with the "Sick of..." series, four albums (Sick of Waging War, Sick of Waiting Tables, Still Sick Urine Trouble and Sickly Busniess) of live and rare cuts, along with many of his highly acclaimed freestyles. Not to mention his live album "Dead Poet, Live Album." AND, he was the first hip hop artist to sign on Epitaph recoreds (Atmosphere soon followed), where he has an album that was just released.. A Healthy Distrust."
The Shelby Forest Click was formed sometime in 1996 by Mack DVS and Playa Bo "The Commissioner". That same year they recorded their first real song "Shelby Forest Killaz" which featured Lil Chip. In 1997 they got a new mic, an 8-track mixer, an ADAT and a Roland 505 Grove Box. They added Brave Dave and Nate Dogg to the group and they began working on their first album "Call It WhatCha Want" which featured members of The Gimi Sum Family and lil wyte (then known as lil pat).
"Call It WhatCha Want" was released in 1998. lil wyte then became part of the group and in 1999 they began working on their second release “From Tha Hood 2 Tha Woodz” (Some Been Waitin’, Some Been Hatin’). Around this time they changed the label from “Brickwall Ent.” to “Lab Rat Muzik”. The album was released in early 2000. That same year, after talking to DJ Paul and Juicy J on the phone while they were at K97, Bo and Mack DVS took a copy of their second album and waited outside the radio station for them to exit. They gave Paul and Juicy the album and two hours later they were offered a deal. Instead of signing on the spot, they got an entertainment lawyer who negotiated the deal for 5 months. He advised not to sign in early 2001. Only lil wyte went forward with the deal.
After lil wyte’s departure, they planned on moving forward with their third group album. A couple of months later work was stopped due to an attempted robbery that left Playa Bo with a bullet in his hip. The next day DVS loaded up the studio, moved it to another location and began working on a solo project “Tempted”. Nate Dogg was killed on December 17, 2000 and was remembered on the track “Dear Nate” by Mack DVS released on "Tempted". As "Tempted" neared completion on January 3, 2002, DVS was the victim of a tragic home invasion that left his girlfriend and one of the robbers dead. Over the next 6 weeks, he finished the album in the kitchen of his mother’s duplex and in March 2002 “Tempted” hit the streets. Leading up to the release of “Tempted” DVS began to abuse prescription pills and alcohol to ease the pain. Musically, they were in a good place, doing a lot of shows and working on new material, but mentally he was unraveling. The downward spiral came to an end when he was arrested for 2nd degree murder and the music stopped. He was sentenced to 17 years in the state penitentiary in April 2004. Twice, his conviction was upheld, but currently he has his case on appeal. Whether his case is overturned or the sentenced is flattened, you have not heard the last of Mack DVS or Lab Rat Muzik.
Description: A contributer writes of Slug: "true crossover artist, as (with his hip hop `group' Atmosphere) he was on Warped Tour for the past two years."
Description: Had that "Informer" hit.
Description: From the
Website at www.myspace.com/demonicsonics.
from Old Scratch with DJ Belial.
Description: The white rapper is Mike Skinner. A
contributer writes: "A unique white rapper from the
were the main example of Greek hard rap, along with groups like Vavilona and Zondani Nekri, with songs like "Hip Hop Hooligans" and "Den Eimai o Ellinas Poy Exis Sinithisei." They were also part of a graffiti crew. The group's MCs Artemis and Efthimis have recently made a comeback (as of 2006).
Description: I don't care for them, but they have a following.
Description: A huge hit a while ago, Vanilla Ice is regarded by many to be the ultimate wack MC. Objectively speaking, he's not as bad as many who get more respect. I mean, come on, put Vanilla's lyrics head-to-head with Kool Moe Dee and you'll see what I mean. Vanilla Ice's biggest fault was that he was phenomenally successful. I'm not saying he's an immense talent, but he'd have more respect if he didn't have a big hit. His single "Ice Ice Baby" was criticized for sampling "Under Pressure." This strikes me as odd, considering rap as a genre samples to get its tracks. Even 3rd Bass said "you took a sample and you looped it you looped it, now you're gettin' sued. Kinda stupid." While in the background 3rd Bass is ripping off "Sledgehammer."
So many white rappers portray themselves as nerds that they deserve their own category.
Description: http://www.frontalot.com. Darling of the slashdot set. Pioneered the phrase NerdCore, which sort of makes him the geek rapper spokesperson.
Description: http://www.mcpaulbarman.com/. An overeducated liberal arts cat from the Northeast. First tune was entirely palindromes.
Description: http://www.mchawking.com/. Concept act suggesting physicist Stephen Hawking as a gangsta rapper.
Description: http://www.soundclick.com/meterversusyard. Rapper High-C from this band contributed much of my info on geek rappers. Thanks man.
Description: http://www.livejournal.com/community/mc_chris/. This guy is Chris Ward, from