Primarily, I needed to get these links out of a browser tab and into somewhere useful.
Aamer Rahman has a great 2 part “white rapper FAQ” which is essential reading for anyone who listens to any white rappers (that means: everyone).
1. ARE YOU SAYING WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T LISTEN TO RAP?
Stop projecting your anxieties onto me. You’re white. You can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s a sweet deal.
There’s also plenty more I want to say about the need for caution whenever you go into another country’s context and just transplant yourself (either temporarily or permanently) like Azalea (ugh) or like a US comedian coming to Australia etc. Aus hip-hop (and, to the lesser extent that I know of) and NZ Hip-hop have been quite white for some time now, but it’s also always been intermingled with indigenous artists and groups too. There’s a complication there in the antipodean context that I don’t know how to address and I wish there was an Aus or NZ version of Rahman who could do some untangling of that issue. (edit: for some reason i thought Rahman was American??? I dunno how well he’s across Aus hip-hop tho, oh well w/evs.)
Oh, also check out “the unbearable whiteness of Emceeing” which is about how Eminem ruined everything. I need to come back and finish reading this, bc its really, really good.