“I love real Hip-Hop,” Clarence Jones says through tears.
“But I’m a n*gga…and I gotta follow my balls. So Famous Dex is the wave…oh man goddamn,” the hefty truck driver says while sniffling and doing an awkward dance in his ill-fitting romper.
The lifelong hip-hop fanatic is one of many co-opting “mumble rap” culture after rapper Cuban Doll’s recent assertion that bars don’t matter. The men aren’t dumping their favorite lyricists because they agree with the artist who told Say Cheese TV that it’s her engineer’s job to make her sound like she raps onbeat, but because they find the fair skinned woman attractive and feel obligated to co-sign her opinion.
“I could chastise her and teach her about Rakim, or I could shoot my shot with tongue emoji DMs. I know what I’mma do,” Ron Taylor says while liking her photos.
Fans of the artist have since started the #CubanDollChallenge, where they film themselves asking avid hip-hop traditionalists if they would agree with anything the “Let it Blow” rapper said to have a chance to sleep with her. Once most say yes, they play the video of her calling rap “just another hustle” while filming the men’s conflicted reaction.
In the past few days, men who once said that rappers like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty aren’t “hip-hop” have begun professing their allegiance for mumble rap, posting videos of themselves throwing out their CD collections and doing the “sauce” dance to rappers like Lil Pump and Trill Sammy. The men who were once so beholden to what they deemed “real” hip-hop that they questioned the sexuality of artists like Lil Uzi Vert are now letting their libidos dictate their musical tastes.
They’ve even went so far as to start booing bar-heavy MCs. At a recent concert, Kendrick Lamar was greeted with a chorus of boos before starting a single song. He angrily asked the crowd if they were “gonna give some non-rappin’ b—- the power to decide what’s hip-hop.” The mostly male crowd screamed a resounding “yes.”