I wasn’t aware of Kreayshawn or her viral hit, “Gucci Gucci,” until I heard an interview with her yesterday on NPR. Apparently, she’s been getting a lot of hate on the interwebs. Everything from her trashy lyrics to her showy swag to the fact that she’s white have really enraged some Hip Hop fans.

While I don’t think I’ll be listening to much of her stuff on purpose any time in the future, I think the charges levied against her are unnecessarily harsh. We’re well beyond the days when Hip Hop was strictly a Black thing. And even when it was, there were artists who weren’t Black spitting lyrics with the best of them. Hip Hop has become a universal narrative art form. Certainly, she’s no KRS One (who, to me, embodies what real emceeing is all about). But let the skinny white girl say her shit.

For those getting down on her because of her lyrics, honestly, she’s just spitting the same shit the boys do. It may sound weird coming out of the mouth of a woman, but it’s the same kind of tired bullshit we hear from the boys.

In my mind, there is one pillar of Hip Hop that no legit rapper can violate. Authenticity. The rappers who have stood the test of time, who have shaped the genre, who have left an indelible mark on music are the ones who straight up tell it like it is. No fronts. No faking. No bullshit. Just straight lyrical truth.

Is Kreayshawn for real? That’s the question that will determine whether or not she’s a flash on the interwebs or if she’s a legit artist with something to say.

I couldn’t track down a YouTube version so I apologize if some readers can’t view this. Stupid region restrictions.

Anyway, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live regularly so I missed this sketch when it aired over the weekend, but it’s pretty scary accurate. They must have gone to Otakon at some point because you see kids like this walking the halls the entire weekend.

The truly sad thing is that I get like this anytime anyone says the words Kamen Rider. My stupid hair changes color and I start yelling random Japanese phrases like henshin and Rider Kickuu. And I suspect I’m just as annoying as the people in the sketch. Well, if they just stopped making Rider so awesome, I wouldn’t fan out so hard, now would I!

I probably would.

UPDATE: For non-US readers, check this link.

I won’t be able to stream any art tonight because I’ve got other plans. Actually, I haven’t been able to shoot anything this week since it’s been so busy, but I do have a new shirt up at Shark Robot. Little known fact, Tony Stark is a Master Chef! Shirt is on pre-order until November 18. If enough get ordered, it goes in to production!

Readers Laurie Lachapelle Dave Caceres sent me the soul crushing news that Warner Bros. has officially greenlit their ill-conceived live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. They’re going in with a $90 million budget which seems a bit light considering that this is probably an effects show. And just in case you thought they were going to have a change of heart and cast some Asian actors, Garrett Hedlund is up for the part of Kaneda. You may remember Garrett as Sam in TRON: Legacy.

Now if they change the names to fit the setting, Keneda becomes Ken or some shit, Tetsuo become Tim or something, and Kei becomes… uh… Kay, and they get a little Asian boy to be Akira, maybe I won’t hate this fucker as much. I mean, I’ll still hate the fact that they’re doing it. But if you’re going to white wash something, white wash it right.

But even if we ignore the ethnic cleansing of the cast, the reported script that got producers excited about this shit in the first place sounds so far removed from the original source material, they might as well make a whole new film. Which is why I call this shitty thing Steve.

Bleh. So I expect we’ll get some cast announcements before the year’s up. At least we’ll get some funny tumblr posts out of this.

Source: Super Hero Hype and Anime News Network

I’m not sure what the RSA is but this animated adaptation of Dan Pink’s RSA talk about motivation is really inspiring. Thinking about his points in the context of comicking really brings to light a couple of things:

  1. Very few people get into comics because of the monetary reward.
  2. Even the most successful and passionate comickers would probably be creating comics if there was no money involved.
  3. For those of us who do comics, it’s the work that matters the most.
  4. Still, it would be nice to make enough to not have to worry about the money.

There’s more to ponder and think about, but those are the first four major thoughts that came to mind after watching this. Take a gander and let me know how you think this applies to comickers and the arts in general.

Source: RSA