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6 Rappers Who Have Zero Street Cred

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 1.07.04 PMMacklemore

A Seattle native who grew up in the suburbs, Macklemore’s success has raised more than a few eyebrows. The rapper has won four Grammys, including one for 2014’s best rap album, in which he beat out heavy-hitter Kendrick Lamar. The backlash Macklemore received for winning over Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” was almost immediate.

“It’s typical,” rapper and actor Ice Cube said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s the Grammys. What do you expect? But for them to pass up true skills for what could be fly-by-night success … I don’t want to diss anybody, but seriously?”


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Rick Ross

The Miami rapper caused many fans to doubt his street credibility when he admitted in 2008 that he had worked as a correctional officer.

In his song “Rich Gangsta,” he says, “Feds tore apart the squad ni**a, that’s why I had to play the part ni**a/That wasn’t me, it was a job ni**a,” he spits, clearly referencing the scandal. “It gets deeper, that was just a start, ni**a.”

“That particular line most definitely referred to me being a C.O.,” Ross told MTV’s Sway Calloway. “And that being a job and just understanding the grind and the hustle and anything else I may have done. It’s just a job; it’s a hustle.”

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6 thoughts on “6 Rappers Who Have Zero Street Cred

  1. Abbas Ali says:

    Just by looking at them you can clearly see they not from the hood. But why you want to bee something you ain't.

  2. Stephan Freeman says:

    So street cred means you need to have served time or are a thug. Whoever wrote this is an idiot.

  3. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Just another severely disturbed African American contributing to their own demise. I completely agree with you Stephan.

  4. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Because "real thugs" want affirmation what they're doing is at least justifiable and at most glorified. If "fake thugs" are rapping about my exploits, what I'm doing must be cool, right? That's the toxic frame of mind in today's youth.

  5. Fuck street cred. It should be about the lyrics in the first place. I still remember when some rappers were about the Afro-centric lyrics and not just gangsta rap. Sure, I listen to hardcore rap, and even horrorcore, but I always look for lyrics and wordplay.

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