It was OK to be a "funny" rapper
There was a point in rap history where smiling became wack. Granted, that point was in the late '90s, but bear with us here. No one smiles in rap any more, and hasn't for 15 years: Tyler's eaten a roach, Keef's going to jail, Drake's lost his cat, everyone's sad, or angry, or throwing bottles at Chris Brown, or all of the above. Can you imagine any of those rappers dropping self-deprecating raps like Positive K's "I Got a Man" or the Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By"? In 1991, Biz Markie released an album called I Need a Haircut that featured him on the cover getting a shape-up with a fucking chainsaw. Talk to us when Rick Ross comes out with his I Need a T-Shirt mixtape.