We all know Lil Yachty, and that sounds almost too stereotypical for this post, because he’s black? Yes. If his new album Waka Flocka Flame is to be believed, he’s the first white rapper ever. But he’s the first white rapper since Lil Wayne, and that’s after Wayne and 2Pac were already ahead of the curve. This is also the first time we’ve seen a white rapper who’s so good at rap, the majority of his lyrics were created in the past five years. But what I want to mention is that Lil Yachty is also a black dude. Which also gives a white hip-hop audience a reason to be excited.
The first rap artist was probably a black man called Eazy-E? Sure, that was the start of it, but it wasn’t until a black man named Nas came along a few years after Eazy’s first hits. After that, that trend started to change; a white rap superstar wasn’t an uncommon type of hip-hop artist until the late 80’s or early 90’s.
So if Lil Yachty is the first white rapper, we just need to start to get excited about him. But what about the other side of the race coin? Is there another rapper who’s white? What about the rap music industry as a whole?
Well, just as with Lil Yachty, it’s very likely that we can expect a white rap artist when we start to see a white rapper on rap music charts in 2013, and that’s already happening.
The one exception is a black rapper. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this has almost gone completely unheard, but it was still a reality in the 90’s. The biggest black rapper of the 1990’s was, you guessed it, Tupac Shakur. I’ve already written a whole article on Tupac, and you can read it here. He was the star and one of the first rappers who made it a point to get his music out in the world. But as I’ve pointed out here multiple times, it had nothing to do with him being white. The reason he took the risk to do his music outside of the realm of ‘gangsta rap’ was because there was a lack of a quality black hip-hop group at the time with a similar sound to Tupac Shakur.
That group has since come along, and he’s not the only black superstar with a successful rap album – that honor belongs to
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