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Rapper Getting Grilled For Not Keeping It Real, Is Imitation Rap Acceptable In Hip-Hop?

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I’m sure most people thought B-Rad was just a character fit for the movie screen; however, it turns out that he’s not just a cinematic thrill. In August of 2015, a new rapper emerged on the drill music scene by the name of Slim Jesus. To date, the rapper has snatched up over 20 million views on YouTube with the music video to his first single, “Drill Time.” At the beginning of the video, the rapper posted a disclaimer that stated “Any Props in This Video That Show a Resemblance To Any Illegal Materials Are Merely Props And Should Not Be Taken Seriously. Don’t Try This At Home.” During a recent interview B-Rad, pardon me, Slim Jesus stated, “I like rapping about guns, but I don’t live that.”

The white rapper, from a small town in Ohio, has received flack from seasoned drill artists since his comment. Chicago rapper Lil’ Mouse has been one of the main opponents of Slim Jesus, and has publicly expressed his dislike towards Slim’s imitation of the drill lifestyle. What may have surprised some spectators following the situation is that there are certified drill artists who see no wrong in Slim’s portrayal of that lifestyle.

In fact, there are artists who have made mention of future collaborations with Slim. Does imitation rap have a place in the future of rap music? Yes. As a matter of fact it’s not anything new. Most of the artists on the radio today are copies of some other artist. For example, the beloved Rihanna got part of her swagger from Fefe Dobson, Google it. In addition, it’s not a coincidence that Iggy Azalea resembles a number of other female rappers. If Slim doesn’t get popped before he gets a chance at the mainstream, there’s a chance he will inspire others to imitate as well.

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Will Eady
Born and raised in the birthplace of Funk, and arguably the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, music is in my veins. If names like Bootsy Collins, and the Ohio Players ring a bell, then you know where I come from. As a musician and poet myself, I have an appreciation for art that hasn’t been inundated by the agendas of major labels and networks. Recently I’ve been sharing music and connecting with artists via social media. Follow me on Instagram @mainstream_music_isgarbage.