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    Were Some Early Gangsta Rappers Actual Criminals?


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    Does the kind of music someone makes define who they were? According to some rap critics, there was a time hip-hop was overrun by rappers who actually didn't hesitate to break the law any time they felt like it. Maybe they felt their fans would like them better if they landed in prison or something?

    Was crime used as a gimmick to sell more?

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    Possibly, but tupac was real.. he shot two off duty cops in the ass lmao

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    I think alot of rappers usef to b gangsters n thugs n hustlas n piimps but alot r fakin thees days

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    These days, they're mostly faking it. I mean, a lot of current rappers have legal troubles, but not for being real gangsters. IN the past, I'm assuming a lot more rappers did a lot more serious shit.

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    Have you heard of the term "street cred"? That's kind of a badge for rappers to make them look more tough and cool, so they make it a point to get in trouble. I remember hearing a comment before that MIMS has not enough "street cred".

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    I'm pretty sure they moved bricks at least.

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    I actually think most of them were at some point criminals. But nowadays not so much. I actually think that most of the newer rappers never got in conflict with the law. It was just back in the days there wasn't anything like YouTube to get people to dig your music and if you didn't have 'street-cred' no one listened to you.

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    Back in the day the Rappers kept it real, they actually rapped about what they were really doing, but this days,I believe they do it just to sound tough or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Determined2014 View Post
    Back in the day the Rappers kept it real, they actually rapped about what they were really doing, but this days,I believe they do it just to sound tough or something like that.
    your correct.. wannabes

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    I think that most of the rappers were thought to be real gangstas breaking the law all the time because of their songs. However, they may also do it to promote their imago.

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    Not necessarily. A lot of times fans can relate to the content in the artist's music, especially if the artist comes from a background similar to their audience. Yes, sometimes crime is use as a selling tactic but people need to remember it's only a marketing ploy. It doesn't necessarily apply to the whole being of the artist. Some musicians will play into a persona if it guarantees more sells and exposure. The problem is the media and fans not being able to separate the two worlds of the music BUSINESS doing a job and the musician as an individual who don't always agree with the images being shown.

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    A lot of the rappers back in the day were real. If they said it 9 times of 10 they did it. Rap really wasn't that mainstream, so rappers didn't care if they said the illegal things that they did. There were no rap police to look and investigate if its true or not. A lot of real rappers today still do illegal things they are just smarter about it now. They have team now to get shit done but they are still giving the orders. I lived in some on the major rap cities and know a couple of the rappers that are out now. Some of them bang for real and most of them say they bang and never done anything wrong in their lives. SMH

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    Their is only 2 i know of really and that is Jay Z and 2 Pac. They both tell you about how they use to do drugs and the life they lead before they became the stars they are today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alash View Post
    Their is only 2 i know of really and that is Jay Z and 2 Pac. They both tell you about how they use to do drugs and the life they lead before they became the stars they are today.
    You must not know Cashis. He was doing shit even when he was on shady records. I know him personally though so I know he real. Too many fake rappers today

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    Yeah definitely its how it all started man, being poor having nothing to eat, entering the world of hustles and crimes, mafia and all that and you did what you had to earn the respect of your peers and generally earn respect and be feared by others, having your name be known, even more so talking about it in music if you had the talent.
    Look at all the big hustlers who started it, 2Pac, Biggie, Dre etc.

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