The 2010 Year in Review: You Should've Been a Cop, %$#@ Hip-Hop

It's one thing for my students to want to be rappers, they're young, and they're supposed to have those dreams. Despite the fact that a few of them can barely read, I'll support them as long as it doesn't interfere with their academics. On the other hand, 35-year-old men still chasing a rap career is troubling. Dude, you made it through the 90's without getting a deal, it's 2010, give it up!

Hip hop is a young man's game, Jay-Z's been able to sustain because he's simply the best at what he does, so his fans remain and he attracts new fans as they are introduced to hip hop. Who do you plan to attract, 17-year-olds who worship Gucci Mane and Lil' Wayne? If that's the case, you are truly sad, because your maturity level should far exceed where the teenyboppers are at this stage in their lives. I'm just saying, dude you have kids, a woman and hopefully a job, that should be more than enough to occupy your time. Yet, you're spending countless time in the studio (some Nigga's basement) living out your B-boy dreams, making mixtapes about popping glocks, chopping rocks and pushing drops! You ain't doing any of that!

When folks weren't feeling your rhymes in high school or those first few years after, did it ever occur to you to put the pen down and learn a trade? No, you kept reinventing yourself until you found the perfect alter ego to launch your career. Fifteen years later, you're still M.C. Such & Such, the coolest Nigga in the club, on the verge of getting signed!

Fast forward 25 years when your son is on the other side of 30 and has begun a family of his own. Do you want him focusing his energy on making sure his babies are learning how to read or trying to be the next MC so & so? I'm not trying to be a dream killer; I'm introducing a dose of reality, when was the last time you saw a 30+ rapper bust onto the scene and on the charts and rock on 106th & Park?

Don't be mad, UPS is hiring!

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