More on ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show
Now, you wouldn't expect another lame reality show from the team behind ego trip, would you? For the uninitiated, ego trip was a New York-based hip-hop magazine that started back in 1994. The publication covered underground sounds with wit and attitude. They were the "arrogant voice of musical truth." While the magazine folded years ago, ego trip remained at large through a series of books - ego trip's Book of Rap Lists and ego trip's Big Book of Racism. They partnered with VH1 on ego trip's Race-O-Rama and TV's Illest Minority Moments. Given their track record, it would be a huge disappointment were The (White) Rapper Show to suck.
Fortunately, the details released about the series sound interesting. The show is set in the South Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop, and will be co-hosted by MC Search of 3rd Bass and Prince Paul (lots of cred points there). The ten contestants will live together in a South Bronx tenement and will be tested not just on their MC skills, but on their knowledge of hip-hop culture and ideas about race. They'll be facing off in a freestyle battle at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit and cutting a record with Just Blaze. Old school legends Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow will be brought in to school and judge the white boy (and girl) crew.
These jokers are going to have to love and learn hip-hop culture as well as have rhyming skills, which is a much different affair than wanting to be a MTV-style mainstream rapper. Understanding how class and race intersect with hip-hop wasn't really part of P. Diddy's Making the Band unless you count having to walk to Junior's for cheescake when you don't the lyrics to Biggie Smalls' "Juicy." Fortunately, it looks like ego trip will be picking up the slack.