I am an avid XXL reader-particularly when the magazine features some artists I value. I copped the latest XXL issue with Nas on the cover. I was pleased to read many good articles- with an exception for the Brooke Hogan article that angered me to the fullest.
In a recent statement, Brooke Hogan said: ‘I’m so into the urban thing. I know I am white and that I can’t rap, but I know that I can sing in a urban style and that’s what I am gonna stick with’
While being interviewed in XXL, she fully proved that she didn’t know anything about hip hop. Being asked about which was her first rap CD acquisition, she proudly responded: ‘ Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits’. No shit…I didn’t know that Stevie Wonder was a rap artist. Then she ridiculed herself even more, while her interviewer was telling her that Stevie Wonder was not hip hop. Her answer was ‘ I listen to old school stuff’.
Mc Hammer is an old school rapper, Stevie Wonder is definitely not.
During their whole conversation, Broke Hoogan, while referring to pitiful artists such as Ashlee Simpson, Paul Wall, was unable to make any relevant statement about hip hop. The only real hip hop artist she mentioned was Ludacris if I remember well.
And in order to crown the whole story, she appeared on a photo with some fake teeth which was ment to imitate a urban style. Absolutely ridiculous!
Ms Hoogan, the problem is not that you’re white and that you cannot rap. You don’t fit into hip hop, that’s all.
I wish that if XXL was to feature white women in their magazine, they’d have something REAL to do with the culture.
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