Hip-hop as professional wrestling has been a reliable comparison over the last few decades; actors playing parts, broad boasts exaggerated for dramatic effect, friendships often made and quickly broken, story lines constantly changing, etc. And just like in the ring, there's always a rotating cast of good guys and shadowy figures. And in 2014, with the advent of Twitter and social media at large presenting easy avenues for armchair critics to throw their voices into the mix, more and more characters get painted—some fairly, some not—with an evil brush.
The mainstream media often paints hip-hop in a bad light, but that doesn't mean hip-hop fans are hopeless. No, we like to team up and hate right back at all the people who go out of their way to make rap look bad. While there's a special ire against outsiders, sometimes rap fans will unite just to hate on figures within the culture.
Take Macklemore for example. It was all good just a week ago for the Seattle rapper. Then he won a few Grammys, and everyone wants to hate on him for beating Kendrick Lamar. Macklemore is the villain du jour, lined up before a firing squad of 140 characters approximately every two seconds. But what's happening to him is nothing compared to the vitriol aimed at rappers and commentators who have criticized hip-hop over the years.
So let's take this opportunity to look back at those people who have worn the black hat for longer than a few tweets, those who have tried to limit, push down, or push backwards the genre, those who are actual rap villains we all love to hate...
Written by Eric Rosenthal & Jeff Rosenthal (@ItsTheReal)