Lil Dicky Talks Upgrading His Rap Career Via $100,000 Kickstarter Campaign

Exclusive: Lil Dicky weighs in on Lord Jamar's comments about whites in Hip Hop and why he feels like Russell Westbrook when it comes to his Rap career.

You won’t find Lil Dicky in Billboard or most (if any) major music magazines. His music videos—which he largely handles himself—aren’t currently on MTV, BET or any other well-known music channel on network or cable TV. But Dicky gathered a loyal group of fans to support him, and he used a Kickstarter campaign to raise the type of money that eclipses some more notable rapper’s album advances. Armed with $113,000 around 35,000 fans on Facebook and 30,000 followers on Twitter, Dicky flat states, "I now am of the mindset that I'm the greatest rapper alive—as every great rapper should feel."

That may sound like a pretty overconfident statement coming from a relative unknown, but think about it. Aspiring emcees are always being told to build a loyal fan base, perform live, make quality music and videos, make/sell merchandise and stay persistent. Dicky used his devoted fans (he calls them "Dickheads") and did all the above. In return, he was given what even some bigger artists lack—enough cash to pursue his goal full-time and reinvest back into his craft.

Whether accomplishing those goals makes him the greatest rapper alive is probably a completely different argument. But whether you’re a loyal fan of Lil Dicky or just getting ready to hit “Enter” and post an angry comment about how Dicky has no business on HipHopDX, you may want to take a more in-depth look at the mechanics behind how one man essentially rode the ABC’s of being an aspiring rapper to a six-figure budget.

How Lil Dicky Raised $113,000 From Fans Via Kickstarter

HipHopDX: You had a Kickstarter goal of $70,000. Did you ever think you would reach that goal, let alone $113,000? 

Lil Dicky: To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly felt like I was building a special connection with my fans, "The Dickheads." But this was the first time I was asking them to dip into their pockets, and you truly never know how that's going to turn out. So I was pleasantly surprised to see it pass my goal. Deep down, I was hoping for $100,000 just because that number is so round and plump. But I thought there was just as good of a chance as hitting $100,000 as there would be as hitting $50,000. So I put it at $70,000 and crossed my fingers. I ended up extremely pleased and humbled.

DX: At this point in your career, do you feel that a Kickstarter campaign was a necessity?

Lil Dicky: The money is a complete necessity. To do this full time, I had to quit my job about six months ago—and I've got very little income coming in. On top of that, I spent my life's savings on the first wave of stuff, so I was at the point where I couldn't continue without more money. But Kickstarter has been a part of my plan since day one. I'm going to invest every penny into the next wave, which will include an album: studio time, mixing, mastering, beats, features, music videos, and a budget to make my live show a bit more unique and interesting than a typical Rap concert.

DX: What inspired the clothing line, and do you plan on expanding the merchandise?

Lil Dicky: Nothing really inspired it; every artist needs to have gear that his fans can rep. So I wanted to make mine reflective of myself, my movement, and my fashion tastes. All black, well designed, funny, unique clothing. The hoodie is super comfy too. I'm sure I'll expand at some point, because I want a Dickhead basketball jersey. But for now there's more than enough.

Why Lil Dicky Says Lord Jamar Is Out Of Touch With Reality

DX: What do you say to the listeners that are offended by some of the lyrics on "White Dude?"

Lil Dicky: Well, I believe satire doesn't need to be defended. I think there's value in making people question the lyrics, wonder why they are offended, think about the lyrics in the context of Rap. But, I'd say you are looking at it the wrong way if you are taking this song literally. There's a larger set of statements being made that you are missing if you are taking it personally. The song is about the realities of our society. I don't shape those realities. I just comment on them. So be mad at whatever is shaping those realities. I'm just the funny messenger.

DX: Lord Jamar recently said, “White rappers are guests in Hip Hop.” How does that make you feel as a Caucasian emcee?

Lil Dicky: It makes me feel like Lord Jamar is out of touch with reality. Eminem is by far the best technical rapper in the history of the genre. Not even close. So, if the king is a guest, everyone's a guest. I don't look at skin color. If you can rap, you can rap. Bars are bars. I'd put my bars against any rapper out and feel completely confident. So, I don't buy it.

Black people founded the genre, and that won't change. But exclusivity feels pretty hypocritical to the fundamental values within the genre itself. James Naismith invented basketball, but thank God black people play it.

DX: Your fans are labeled as "Dickheads," but did you ever think of an alternate name for the female fans? If you had to pick a name, what would it be?

Lil Dicky: I really don't think there should be a different name for females; I'm an equal opportunity kind of dude. A fan of Lil Dicky is a Dickhead, plain and simple. I don't care if you're old, young, boy, girl, even aliens—if they ever make their presence felt during my career. A Dickhead is a Dickhead. If I had a gun to my head and you made me pick something, maybe a Chickhead. But there's no gun to my head.

Lil Dicky Calls His Philly Show The Culminating Event In His Life

DX: You are on your first national tour right now, which opened up in your hometown of Philadelphia. How was it stepping on stage for the very first time?

Lil Dicky: It felt like a culminating event in my life. Deep down, I've always known I was born to entertain, and I knew I'd be hitting the stage at some point. But I genuinely hadn't hit it until that moment. I don't even do karaoke. It was a long time coming, and I felt ready for it. It was great. Immediately after I began rapping, I could tell how much more tiring this was going to be than simply rehearsing, or rapping in my room. So I was just thinking, "Survive." It felt like I was in Colorado with lower oxygen levels or something, but I was in Philadelphia. I've learned to pace myself since that first show. It was an extremely rewarding moment, I was shocked at how naturally comfortable I felt up there considering I'd never done it, and there were 1,000 people and high expectations staring me right in the face.

DX: How does touring and performing compare to the creative process of writing a song or shooting a music video?

Lil Dicky: It's a completely different animal. I rap differently. I go harder. It's cool. It's even different rapping in front of fans that know your shit, compared to people who have never even heard of me. Down in Austin for SXSW, I was playing some showcases where the audience was seeing me for the first time. And winning those people over was awesome.

But there's also something amazing in listening and hearing the crowd know every word to every song, even my non-"hits." And that's been the case thus far. My favorite part of the process is probably writing the songs. It can be my least favorite, but when I am on a hot streak, and I am doing well, it's amazing. I feel like I'm writing history sometimes. And that's the coolest feeling. I've got a ton of pride in creating music videos, and I am insistent on being the creative ring leader no matter what. The videos are just as much my babies as the music is.

Lil Explains His Greatest Rapper Alive Mindset & Admiring Drake

DX: You stated that "Russell Westbrook On A Farm" is your favorite song you recorded. Why is that?

Lil Dicky: It's a masterpiece. For starters, I firmly believe in the sport of rapping, and I take a lot of pride in the ability to make a six-and-a-half-minute verse that's fully captivating, well written, and introspective. On top of that, a lot of times it's easy for people to watch something like "Ex-Boyfriend" and label me as a comedy rapper, like Lonely Island. But this is a song I can play for anyone, and they've got no choice but to respect me as a rapper. I don't make a single joke in it.

Lastly, I love the analogy. It's all about what if Russell Westbrook had no clue he could ball, and then one day, as a 22-year-old or whatever, he just found a court and realized what a beast he was? It's exactly what's happening with myself and Rap. Like I said earlier, I had no interest in being a rapper, and didn't really think I was especially talented as a pure rapper when I began. I now am of the mindset that I'm the greatest rapper alive. As every great rapper should feel.

DX: You had a handful of videos that went viral. What was your favorite video to record?

Lil Dicky: "Ex-Boyfriend," just because I knew what it would be as soon as I met the chick and the dude. They both were so good looking, and so down for whatever, which was so necessary to make that video what it was. So really, as I was making it, I knew I was making a masterpiece—and that's just a wonderful feeling. Casting was crucial, and I had very few options to play either role. So when I got lucky as shit and got both of them, I was on cloud nine the entire shoot. Plus, it's always fun when Melissa is running around in a thong all day.

DX: Your humor is obvious on the majority of your songs. Have you thought about acting or stand up comedy?

Lil Dicky: Yeah, 100%. I started rapping simply to get attention comedically, so I could write movies, write TV shows and act. I had very little interest in being a rapper. I fell in love with rapping though, so I'm not leaving that game until I've proved my point. However, I plan on having two concurrent careers going on at the same time, as a rapper, and as a comedian/actor/writer. I value the non-musical career just as much as the Rap career, and can't wait to begin acting on that.

DX: You can choose one producer and one artist to work with, who would you choose and why?

Lil Dicky: Geez, this is tough. I think it'd have to be a Kanye West beat. He's just ahead of his time, and everything he does is so fresh. I respect his mindset too; I share the same beliefs about myself though we go about expressing those beliefs in entirely different ways.

And then the rapper—I can't even front—it'd be Drake. He's my favorite rapper. People are always shocked by that, but his diversity is crazy. He can go over any type of track, whether it's Trap, Southern, East Coast, hard, soft, ballad, pop or club. It just doesn't matter with Drake. Anyone that hates on him is ignoring the fact that he's completely shaped the current landscape of Hip Hop. People wouldn't be rapping the same had Drake never been born. And Drake wouldn't be rapping the way he does had Lil Wayne not been born. It's all very much like basketball...different players, different eras.

DX: With that said, can we expect any collaborations in the future from Lil Dicky?

Lil Dicky: There are a couple of conversations going around...a couple of ideas, but nothing concrete yet. I've got some thoughts and ideas for other rappers that would be really incredible, but they'd have to be willing to play ball with my concepts. I'm not necessarily the type of rapper who makes songs about nothing and just has an open verse for anyone to say anything on it. Everything is calculated with me.

 

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160 Comments

  • Norberto soto

    Tito beats the only guy that sings any type of music and that champion that challenge pro and underground rappers I still cant not believe how far I went. 3234240370 #

  • truth

    Sounds to me that the only real racial attacking comment is lord jamars. I mean it doesnt make sense that blacks demand equality and then say something like that about rap. Nobody bashed killswitch engage when they picked up a black singer. And if your defending rap and basketball as if its the only thing to be proud for in your culture then your not doing much to contribute. Because if rap is the only representation of a race, it certainly sheds alot of negativity about the character of a black american. Imagine if obama was bumping meek mill or some gangster rapper on some real shit. He would never be president.

  • Travis

    Amazing interview! One artist I can see Dicky working with is The Jokerr. Them two together on a track would be insanely funny. The amount of talent between them two is astrological. Anyways, great interview.

  • Anonymous

    "we invented basketball and we allow you to play, so don't you ni66ers ever dare to call us out for stealing your culture" Is this the only argument white people can come up with when the issue is culture appropriation?

  • Anonymous

    The fact that he has "dick" in his name just ruins his whole argument.

  • fool

    people are angry because they are not successful and white boy is ! the fact is just because black those not mean you should rap.

  • IROC

    This only prove how easy it is for a talentless azz white boy to get money his grind doesnt come with the pit falls of a black artist who must grind 100 thousand times as hard im not surprise by any of this people forking over money for this lame wanta'be rapper ,He's part of a race that has a giant advantage over others in this country the playing feild is not equal and that is fact so hiphopdx you cant hold this guy as an excample of what black artist should follow it want work it only prove Lord Jamar is right on some points hiphop is being hijacked and made a mockery of by guys like this rap is on slippery slop when they killed disco because it cross lines and had all races enjoying it they had to kill it off this is just a different approach to killing hiphop these big record labels are fading fast as well once they cant see a profit they want to destroy it all

    • Sean

      IROC, I have a couple suggestions that might add some credibility to your argument. I can't guarantee results, but I'll try my best. You might want to consider using punctuation. In your own mind, I'm sure it seems like your thoughts are crystal clear when the text appears on the screen, however, it's relatively difficult to understand what the hell you're attempting to say (to clarify, "relative" is the root word of "relativity"). Tip # 2 - spellcheck can be your best friend. Good luck pal. If you follow my two step system, you'll be forming coherent sentences in no time! P.S. Establishing an argument based on logic, examples, counterexamples, and objective commentary might help too, but we'll save that lesson for another day.

    • young q

      Talentless? Are you retarded or deaf?

    • Anonymous

      because white people are in ERUOPE that buy music.

    • Akhibrass

      Yeah, because Blacks and Latinos would have stopped creating and buying hip hop if whites weren't into it. Really?

    • Anonymous

      Actual because people like you and lord what his face its much harder for white rapper to make it.

    • Anonymous

      dude hip hop would died in 90s if wasn't from support of white fans.

    • Anonymous

      dont mad because a white boy can rap and you can its insult to assume all black kids rap.

    • Anonymous

      LOLOLOLOLOL black people always blaming their lack of success and ambition on the white man for holding them down LOLOLOL

  • Ben

    Hopped over to read the interview. I'm a huge fan, LD. I don't really know anything about rap, aside from what I like to hear and what speaks to me. I can relate to all of your songs on some level. "White dude", I feel, was a satire on societies current representation of white people. And you are just saying that no matter what, you're still proud to be white man. I see it no differently than a black man saying he's proud to be black even though his race has, largely, more type-IIa/type-IIx muscle fibers, and higher diabetes rates. The muscle fibers give them a natural advantage in athletics. Which they are, generally, proud of. The diabetes f***s up their lives, but they are still proud people. You are still proud to be white, be it for the good reasons or the less pleasant. And the video is just a hysterical, SATIRE, way of representing that. Or at least, that's how I viewed it.

  • Mack

    Looks like a hobo version of Asher Roth.

  • Keith

    This guy is fuckin terrible

  • Anonymous

    I honestly don't see what the big deal is here...people are looking into this too much I feel. I like his music and have fun listening to it, and if you don't, why waste your time commenting on an internet article? Your time can be spent much more wisely by listening to some music that YOU enjoy rather than just being hateful on Lil Dicky.

  • dustworthy

    Who cares what a rapper named lil dicky thinks P

  • titooo

    I never heard about that guy called Lil Dicky, but now that I know that he think Eminem is the best rapper of all times and Drake is his favorite rapper... Now i defenitely don't have any interest on that dude.

    • Anonymous

      lmao fuck you. He said eminem is the best lyrical rapper of all time, which is true. Dont be mad because you niggars spit shit ryhmes. Us whites have a large vocab...dont be mad...smh fuckin wanna be

    • Anonymous

      co sign, he's like every whiteboy I know

  • JYap

    Wow. Every single one of you hating on this article or this artist or the interviewer himself are straight bitches and hoes. Straight up. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU is a goddamn hoe. How can you sleep at night knowing you exude such feminine characteristics??? If you don't like the article or the artist, then hit the "back" button and click on something else. Instead, you feel it necessary to share with the whole world that you've got a vagina and its gonna be bleeding for the next 7 days?! FUCK OUTTA HERE! Stop being such bitches! This white boy can spit. If you disagree then, get the fuck outta here. Simple as that. Why you hating on a man out there doing his thing??? whether he white, black, asian, hispanic, middle eastern or a fucking other life form...Whatchu mad at???? Did any of YOU raise 113K on kickstarter??? Don't be mad you don't have the creativity, ingenuity OR the fucking charisma to do the same. NOT HIS FAULT HOE! He made a song about how being white is a privilege...so fucking what??? That's fucking common knowledge hoe! Shit, I wouldn't mind being white in certain situations my damn self lol. Russell Westbrook on a Farm is what everyone talks about and deservedly so...its fucking fire. If you disagree, most likely you're hating like a mafucka. But go on youtube and listen to Make Belief (http://youtu.be/fGlEen-WAtw). This dude spits!!! Stop hating hoe! There are lesser rappers with more recognition than LD. That in itself is a reason to keep going. Regardless, keep your hate to yourself. Don't hate...just do better. If you don't feel he should be up here, then take his spot or better yet, go tell whatever garbage ass rapper you support to STEP THEIR WEAK ASS GAME UP! Y'all some hoes...its disgusting. Go change your tampon goddamn

    • Keith

      This DUDE SUCKS like hell. He got no flow or lyrics.

    • Anonymous

      If everyone who say something negative has no value, then anyone who says anything positive has no value. You have to weigh it equally...but it's cool you think he's dope. So we both agree that you're a "dickhead" either way lol!

    • Anonymous

      Lmaoooo! You're still the one taking this personal with how emotional you're getting. Its hilarious. People are allowed to criticize, not being able to take criticism is a bitch trait. People's opinions/criticisms are implicitly solicited when there's an article that allows people to leave comments. Clearly, the site wants to hear the thoughts of its readers.

    • JYap

      @Anonymous: 1. Fuck your criticism. It wasn't solicited. Its your personal opinion. You're opinion is not the end all be all and you are not the hiphop advisor. So if you have nothing positive to say, just bounce. 2. Being negative/critical when no one asked your opinion is hateful. Hate is a feminine trait. Put more energy into yourself. Like I said, become a rapper or shut the fuck up and go listen to whoever you like better. 3. Do you think you can make a better song than LD? Do YOU think you could have done RWOAF better? If so, then we'll all be waiting to here it. Til then, shut up hoe. 4. I never mentioned your comment specifically which shows that you already sensed your bitch ways before you even decided to comment on this interview in the first place. 5. Change your tampon.

    • Anonymous

      So according to you, its not okay to criticize an artist? Fuck outta here. If you think spending nearly 3 minutes on a poorly done metaphor in a song (Russell Westbrook on a Farm) is impressive...well, that's unfortunate. If you like, I can break down why Russell Westbrook on a Farm is not impressive, and clarify why my comment is not "hate", but criticism. Then again, you're taking this personal.

  • Anonymous

    this is crazy... i just read a Q&A with peanut butter wolf about the stones throw doc and they barely raised 50k... somebody must have given this kid a lump sum.

  • LORD GAY JAMAR

    Basically, this little dick is a guest in the house of hiphop. That gives him no right to even breathe, let alone do anything related to hiphop. ps. i want to suck on his little dick.

  • Anonymous

    ok i watched all the videos. this faggot looks and sounds like he has a retardation disease. he looks and sounds disabled. everything he says is in a really flat tone of voice like he never quite learned how to emote properly

    • awdw

      what do you expect of a white man that wants to do niggger art. eminem was mentally retarded too from drugs in his early career then in the latter half it's like he woke up and he's suddenly scared to be where he is. nigga is hush hush and constantly awkward body language like he's constantly thinking "damn im surrounded by blacks"

    • anonymous

      im tellin you it's all that fluoride in the water. this what it does to our kids. white ppl genes just arent strong enough to handle it

  • FORWARD

    You ignorants can rap like dicky too if you finish high school first.

  • Big Vah-Gyna

    Eminem G.O.A.T

    • Jeff

      Not sure if the threat from Anonymous was directed to me, but my comments were not directed toward you. Hey I'm just a recent college grad, living in D.C. and working for D.C. government. I serve my country everyday just like you. Also, if you think the last sentence of my comment was directed toward you, you're wrong. It was a general recommendation to all individuals who have a bias toward Eminem or anyone other rapper because of region or whatever. I think every hip hop fan should study the entire genre from 80's Hip Hop to the present.

    • Anonymous

      What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? Ill have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and Ive been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and Im the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. Youre fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and thats just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little clever comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldnt, you didnt, and now youre paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. Youre fucking dead, kiddo

    • jeff

      Eminem is a dope lyricist but his content is limited. Rappers who are considered the G.O.A.T. should represent many elements of hip hop which include: lyrics, flow, social commentary, party music, music for women, story telling, mainstream records (without compromising authenticity), the ability to influence the young & old from every race. The only rappers who come close living or dead are: Pac, Jay Z, Nas, and Ice Cube (not in that order). I wish I could include Biggie but because of his unfortunate and early death his catalog doesn't have as many songs. The God MC Rakim is my personal favorite but his catalog is not extensive and the production quality didn't remain consistent. Pac is the only rapper who consistently rapped about a diverse range of topics without compromising authenticity. Honorable mentions of great rappers include: Big Pun, Krs One, Big L, Ghostface, Canibus, Big Daddy Kane, Raekwon, Andre 3k, Ras Kass, Crooked I, Kendrick Lamar, Joel Ortiz, Kool G Rap, JadaKiss, Lil Boosie (not in that order) and a few others I can't think of right now. Eminem is definitely one of the top 5 greatest "lyricist" of all time, but the scope of his content is mainly for the 21 and under fan base. Some are going to say that he made a few positive songs and mention one great story telling record, Stan. But still 90% of his content is consistently based on 2 or 3 subjects. I will give Eminem credit for possibly being the punchline king, but witty punchlines does not not make any rapper, black, Hispanic or white a contender for the G.O.A.T. Study the entire scope and history of hip hop and look beyond the present, region, your emotions and bias views.

  • wale n drake n kanye n mgk n young thug undercover homos of hip hop

    People really donated over a hundered grand so he could make an album I can respect his hustle looks like it worked out great for him. But i Was expecting a lot more skills from him as a mc than them 2 vids I watched he on the same level as them lonely island? like a boss idiots

  • Daniel Payne

    I saw Lil Dicky in his first show in Philly, and it was amazing. He may be new, but he's on the rise fast. He better be, anyway. His rapping is good, but look at his stage presence. On the way there, none of my group of friends knew what to expect from a live show. All I could hear on the way out was how great the show was. Funny, engaging, awesome... Great job LD. You have proven yourself. Can't wait to see you in PA again. He's not just Dicky; he's the balls, too. The whole package.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ gotta wonder why you clicked on the article to begin with, let alone read the comments and left one, you know you're not going anywhere

    • Anonymous

      Wow. both of you get off this website. Oh my god. Actually both of yall stay here. I'm leaving and never returning. Fucking simpletons.

    • Lil Dicky

      Thank you sir! I appreciate that. It was my first show too, I've been improving at a high rate. I think they've gotten twice as good at this point.

  • Lil Dicky

    Regarding this eminem debacle...I think we need to weigh his ability to be that technician on a mainstream level. I think it matters. I think rappers should be judged on their ability to appeal to the masses. There are so many underground rappers that from a skilled perspective, are on a crazy level. But they can't put it together into a cohesive package that people WANT. You see a lot of mainstream rappers dumbing down their lyrics to appeal to more people. You see a lot of underground rappers never make it because they aren't willing to sacrifice their skill for a mainstream product. The ability to do it in a way that satisfies everyone has to be respected. My opinion on the matter has nothing to do with being white. And to be honest, I'm not even a huge eminem fan - in terms of "loving" his music. I don't necessarily look for skill first in a rapper. But I can't ignore his skill set - at the highest level of the game. You can't help but respect that. And this whole thing is within the context of someone saying white people are guests in rap. Eminem is not a guest in rap. It is his to do with as he pleases.

    • Akhibrass

      Eminem is the best technical rapper? What does that even mean? It's a weasel word, and really means nothing. Even if you are implying that he has the most skill as a emcee, that is obviously not true. And please, we know that Eminem's popularity stems largely in part from the fact that he was white and even he admits that.

    • Spencer

      Lol do you idiots think this is actually Lil Dicky commenting?

    • Anonymous

      You literally said that a rapper should be judged based on their ability to conform...that's an awful comment, and its one of the biggest problems in Hip-Hop. If you have to sacrifice anything in your content or ability to "appeal to the masses", you should be questioning why that has to happen in the first place. You're putting the idea of being a brand/being successful over making meaningful, high-level content. At least that's how you're coming off with this comment. Not to mention that your comparison between Rap and Basketball was ridiculous because Hip-Hop is so much more significant to African-American culture than Basketball ever was to White people.

    • Jeff

      First Lil Dicky congratulations on getting your foot into the entertainment sector as an artist. I wish you much success. Regarding Eminem being the G.O.A.T. Understand the greatest rapper will never only be a great lyricist. Eminem is a great rhymer, but 90% of his content has always been limited. Hip Hop greatness will never be defined as someone who can rap really good about 2 or 3 topics. If his topics had "consistently" spanned diverse subjects at a high level (throughout his career)beyond drugs, sex, humor and witty dissing then I would agree with you. This is why rappers like Lil Wayne are considered great by some, but not the G.O.A.T. Eminem's limitations are evident in the fact that the majority of his music has always been geared toward the 21 and under Hip Hop fan until recently. You also implied that Eminem shouldn't be overlooked as the greatest because he's white. I agree. But you represent a double-standard\bias because 95% of white people that are Hip Hop and NON-Hip Hop fans that I personally know, from Cali to NY, think Eminem is the G.O.A.T. Debates about the G.O.A.T. within the multi-racial global Hip Hop community don't lean that heavy toward any one artist. For example the black community debates between Pac, Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, Big L, Big Pun, Ice Cube etc., being the greatest, but none of these rappers have 95% of the votes from the black community.

    • Anonymous

      SHUT UP STOP TRYING TO WIN PEOPLE OVER IN THE FUCKING HIPHOPDX COMMENT SECTION

    • x

      "I think rappers should be judged on their ability to appeal to the masses." Oh ok, two seconds ago it was technical ability, but now we've gotten to the real reason why eminem is "king"

    • Anonymous

      LOL truuu. im tellin you when i saw that 10 page long article about eminem i knew this site was kurupt

    • Anonymous

      this website is run by white agenda. that's why fags like him even have a voice at all -- actually posting comments. used to be a time when stars were unreachable, it had a dignity and self respect. believe me nobody is bumping him or eminem out in the real world. maybe on your sheltered college campus.

    • Anonymous

      hi little dicky. your name is literally "small penis" i hope your retard ass realizes that while you're doing this bullshit from behind a keyboard, before some actual black people heckle you out of a club. i'm just trying to protect you. thanks.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ why you tryin to save a fag? you his boyfriend or something? both of yall fuck outta here

  • Anonymous

    "James Naismith invented basketball, but thank God black people play it." Is this the only excuse white people have? "We created basketball, ni66ers, but we let you play it anyway" fuck outta here

  • Lil

    Everyone who doesn't think I deserve to be on this site off of pure ability - I encourage you to listen to my song Russell Westbrook on a Farm. I simply see no way one can listen to it, and think I can't rap well enough to be on HipHopDx. Especially after you take into account the state of rap today. I too grew up on Biggie, Nas, Pac, etc...I don't see many of those guys rapping today. And not literally them, I just mean like legendary rappers. Personally, I don't get offended by hatred, but I do think certain things are objective. Question my opinions, my choice to be funny at certain times, my rap name...but my ability to rap doesn't feel super subjective, if you listen to my songs where I make it a priority. I don't see a lot of rappers putting out thoughtful 6:30 verses these days. All of this nonsense about race, class, etc. are so misguided, it's honestly sad to see. I won't bother breaking down why that is - but if you think I'm some sort of gimmick - you're missing the entire thing that I'm doing, and simply don't appreciate the art behind it. And that's okay, some art isn't for everyone. But I'd take a closer look at the rap game, and what rap gets on this site without anyone batting an eye, and then look at what I'm doing to evaluate it in proper context. I look forward to seeing everyone's opinions in a few years. I've got a long term vision here. I don't think I'm gonna be wrong, but time will tell.

    • John

      I think you're extremely talented. I love how you incorporate your sense of humor into your lyrics and your videos. This is fresh. This is new. This is what true "fans" of hip hop or even music in general like to see, diversity. People are quick to judge, and dick ride as soon as they see you making money. I bet you Lord whatever his name is will send an apology letter when he sees the positive feedback you get from your music in the long term. I hope the negativity coming from ignorance doesn't discourage you from doing what you do, because I for one am a big supporter.

    • Anonymous

      Bruh, if you were as confident as you say, you wouldn't bother commenting in response to random ass dudes on a website to defend yourself. Also, while "White Dude" clearly speaks towards the privilege of being a white, straight man in America, some of the parts concerning women still sound juvenile.

    • Stop Dicky

      You are literally sickening to listen too, I'd rather be tortured through your music, than your hypocritical explanations! You can't pull the wool over all the people's eyes. That's how I know your respect for black culture is all lip service. You've practiced rapping, and can imitate flows, on your Malcolm Gladwell shit. No one is saying your stupid, you're probably a genius, which makes this shit your pulling even worse; because you think your outsmarting the listeners. You feel you came up with a schtick and your tryna sell it wih a straight face behind convincing people that you're actually a real rapper. To your other point...There are plenty of legendary rappers today that you cant fuck with. Like Joe Budden, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z is still here, Nas is still here, Jay Electronica is amazing, Fabolous is still dope, what are you talikng about? But that doesn't matter, because you're smart enough to know major labels and investment firms look at Profit and Loss statements. In that area I'm sure your the hottest in the game bro lol! You don't care about the state of rap, you did your research and you think you got it down pat. But the people see through you. Have you had one cypher on an inner city corner? Doubt it! I guess you think your the white Childish Gambino, or worst, Nick Cannon, we see the plan, it's working on the poeople you want it to work on. You talkin bout Biggie, but what you know about Easy Mo Bee, you talk about Pac, but what you know about Johnny J, you talkin bout Nas, but what you know about Large Professor. Stop convincing us you're ill...get your millions of hits, get paid, and exit the game as soon as possible please, and thank you.

    • Master Trill

      You're biting Asher's style when he first came out. He was doing the same exact shit you are doing and see where that got him. Big up to you being able to find enough dumb ass people to fund your project. Have fun while it last because hip hop will never allow you to thrive in our culture.

    • John

      First off, Eminem is for sure one of the greatest rappers of all time, especially in technical terms. Every rapper ought to admire Eminem, and it especially makes sense for white rappers to hold him in especially high esteem. So I wouldn't hate on Dicky for being an Em fan. I'd be shocked if he wasn't, frankly. And Dicky says he doesn't want to break down why what he's doing isn't offensive, and IMHO he shouldn't have to. White Dude is a song about racism. Other rappers have tracks about how they get burned by racism-- in White Dude, Dicky clearly understands that racism exists and that he is incredibly privileged. It feels good to be privileged, which is why he has so much fun in the song, but Dicky seems obviously aware of how unfair it is. In the video he's smoking weed in front of the cops, and getting away with it because he's white. He's clearly acknowledging that double standards and racism exist today. If you can't see that, fuck.

    • asdasd

      WOW. Just listened to "White Guy"! Don't really know what to say. It might be the most offensive piece of music I've ever heard. I can see what he was going for but aside from the outro it came off incredibly douchey. I think the concept had potential but the end result is a failure of massive proportions. Don't worry though, I always give artists a chance to redeem themselves. Although, your work is cut out for you.

    • Friendly Guy

      Sorry Lil' Dick. I was ready to get down until you hyped Eminem as the be all end all of the rap game. For shame. Eminem is one of the greats but to say what you did is just ignorant and disrespectful to the entire genre and non-whites in general (take it from a white guy). SMH. Very disappointed with the level of ignorance and disconnect with reality that some young up and coming emcees have these days. Everyone will be better off when white emcees (and listeners) stop trying to identify with Eminem because of the color of his skin.

    • fnghz

      There's a lot of unintelligent people that browse hiphopdx. I mean literally, some of the dumbest people I've ever encountered on the web haha. Keep doing your thing. The level of complexity and cleverness in your writing is way over most peoples heads. And it seems to come effortlessly to you. PROPS!

  • Anonymous

    ALL THE BEST TO LIL DICKY!! #KPNMW

  • Thomas

    He plays around a lot but I like him - he can spit fah real

  • Ernie

    Haha good point. Though whites created "classical" music if that means anything lol! But I see where youre coming from. Theres definitely a shift in whats accepted in Hip Hop these days.

  • Blacks created Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Blues

    Eminem has 3 good albums. He has fallen off ever since...why do white people call him the best rapper? Is it because he sells a lot of albums? Well, so did Vanilla Ice and Hammer. Hip Hop comes from African Americans and will remain a culture deeply connected to its people. I'm bi-racial, my mom is white, so I have nothing against whites. Eminem is a dope rapper when he tries, but calling him the GOAT, especially given the fact that he hasn't come close to topping the MMLP, is disgusting.

    • lmao

      But who really has more than 3 or 4 memorable albums? Not more than a handful of people that had the same or around the same commercial success as Eminem. Most of them just died before they had the chance to sell out. And people that are in the mindset that the guy can't top anything after the Eminem Show, won't ever think he'll do better no matter how good an album he puts out. That goes for every 'legendary' rapper, and their comparison to a classic/ great album they had put out to get recognised as the legend they are. Look at Kendrick, he's not a legend or anything yet, but people already consider GKMC a classic, and now any solo album he'll put out is gonna be compared to GKMC, and some people will generally be stuck on ''Oh but he can never top that''.

    • gsdgs

      It's because he's white...same reason why he sold so many records. Respect to Eminem though.

    • RSX

      but his next album was better..

  • Vinny

    This guy can spit for real, give him a chance and you won't be disappointed. Some of his shit takes some getting used to, but trust me, he is talented!!!

  • Anonymous

    im a tell u rite now,fuk a lil dicky.........my minds made up

  • desean

    Some feel it's a toss-up, who gives af?

  • wryon

    Eminem is the g.o.a.t though. People need to quit discrediting the homie cuz he white. Is he not as Technical as any of the other g.o.a.t's? (Nas/B.I.G/Pac/Eminem)

  • Vanessa

    " Eminem is by far the best technical rapper in the history of the genre. " Come off it.

    • Vanessa

      I don't even know who he is. I just heard a few songs and he does what has already been done. Just a regurgitation that has been done by so many others. And he says Kanye is ahead of his time ?

    • Anonymous

      I love that a fucking hack white rapper makes this quote as if he should be taken seriously at all.

  • Anonymous

    "Eminem is by far the best technical rapper in the history of the genre. Not even close." This quote proves what a jackass this kid is.

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  • Anonymous

    i find him corny but props on making a lane for yourself and getting 100k from your fans. some major label rappers cant do that,.

  • Mike Trampe

    I can tell you the majority of blogs/sites/magazines will tell indie artists if they want coverage they need to have good content, a fan base, high quality videos and ultimately have a brand people are supporting. He has all those things. So i think NOT covering him wouldn't be fair. Is he for everyone? Absolutely not. Just like a TON of the stuff we cover, not everyone is going to enjoy it, but we try our best to cover ALL aspects of the Hip Hop & Rap culture. Also, labels are not signing artists and developing them anymore, you have to come to the labels with everything in order. Videos, Songs, Shows, Merch and a fanbase. He is doing all of those, but chose to not sign with a label and i think people need to respect that. Again, he is not for everyone, but you can't be mad at him. He built a fanbase, a lot of things people can't do nowadays. Let people like what they like and dislike what they dislike. If you support him, support him. If not, ignore him.

    • Anonymous

      Yo, you're defending a guy who, in this same comment section, just said that rappers should be judged based on ability to appeal to the mainstream. That's a horrible thing to say. The social commentary in his joke songs are not deep and are executed in the most juvenile way possible, and that "Westbrook on a Farm" track sounded like pretty much any other remix to that beat where a rapper just raps and raps and can't keep the listener's interest. He has his right to earn his money and whatever whatever, but don't make him sound like he's a genius just because he knows how to work people over. He's an average rapper with some harmful views about the game, and the most important shit about any artist should, first and foremost, be about if they're dope and have some incredible songs. "White Dude" and "Ex-Girlfriend" are easy joke songs with mediocre social commentary.

    • FOH

      I probably am making false assumptions about your personal mindset, regarding rap music and hip-hop culture. But it's difficult to not express my distaste in this particular article, and not make a blanket indictment on this kind of stuff as a whole, while not casting you under the same shadow. I respect your overall work, from what I see, and salute that...Dicky's sound, vocal tone, lyrical content, and look, is meant to grab exactly the fanbase he wants. I don't like that he's even mentioned over here, it seems like an unnecessary co-sign. But I appreciate the dialogue. Forgive the previous attack, and offensive words. Thanks for understanding my POV, and I wish you continued success.

    • Mike Trampe

      Thank you for being honest. I really do understand your point of view and why this upsets you, but i think you are making way too many assumptions about me personally based off of this one interview. Are you familiar with my work in Philadelphia? Do you know my past history with pushing artists like Chic Raw, Jakk Frost, DJ No Phrillz, etc...? Do you know i am an avid supporter of people like Kre Forch, Sandman, Cassidy, AR-AB, Nico The Beast, Rec Raw, Burke The Jurke, Reef The Lost Cause & more that have all had placements on HipHopDX. Check out my Philly articles i have wrote for the examiner.com. http://www.examiner.com/hiphop-in-philadelphia/michael-trampe I am not impressed by ignorance or support all the stuff that other writers and industry people support. I honestly feel you are putting me in this category based off of once piece that i personally found interesting. It's like i help cover and support so many artists from philly (who aren't white) and no one cares, but i cover a "white boy" when he has achieved stuff that NO ONE has achieved to my knowledge and i get persecuted. I think the ideas of me in your head are something completely different then what i am and what i support. Again, i didn't do this interview b/c of marketing degrees, priviledge, and demographics as you stated. I did it b/c i was interested in the mechanics behind the machine we know as Lil Dicky and i think his situation was/is worth the interview. Even though you cursed me out, nothing but positivity and respect sent your way bro.

    • FOH

      In conclusion, I'll say this...yes, I do not believe he deserves this spot. Also, because you are from Philly and I know of so may dope artists from Philly. I feel offended that this guy's story really just blew you away. But guys with raw talent didn't. It's a permanent state of hip-hop right now that these white outliers can blow past dope rappers because of their marketing degrees, priviledge, and demographics. That offends me, even if you were black, but more-so because as a white guy, who knows this town, you say you are hip-hop, and you would still pander to this crap, but ignore the kids that's starving and hungry, but completely amazing talents. Cats like Chris Webby, Hoodie Allen, Sammy Adams, they offend me. There fanbase and merch and etc., doesnt impress me, and it shouldn't impress you either. Finally, I want to take back the offensive words I used towards you. But I know these guys man, they go to Harvard, and UPenn, and because they were raised on Elvis...opps I mean Eminem, they get a go ahead to do this think that's saved so many black lives. But, they're aren't anymore independent out the trunk guys turning into the new Jay Z's, Master P's, and Baby's, because they shit anit for us no more, unless we sound dumber than the average white rapper. And writer's are only impressed with ingnorance from black artist's who's ignorance they can't replicate, like Young Thug, and Chief Keef...because they want the shit Lupe or Talib can do, from Action Bronson and Macklemore (both talented acts)...and I'm done.

    • Mike Trampe

      It's not just about raising the money on kickstarter. He is selling out shows, selling merch, putting out high quality videos and building a huge fanbase. He is doing everything we as industry professionals tell artists to do to get the next level in this business. How can someone who has put in so much work be ignored? Because he has an 860 credit score (Your assumption), or has money to blow. What i am getting from your comments is he doesn't deserve this spot because he is white and privileged in your opinion. That is what i am getting from all of this. So what if he is or isn't. I like a lot of different music, do i think Dicky is the most incredible emcee, no. Do i think he is talented and has a very interesting story, yes. Has he worked hard, yes. Has he done stuff that NO OTHER artist is doing right now on this level, yes. So my other articles aren't cool or unique? Or is just this piece that rubs you the wrong way? And i don't take offense that i am white, i take offense to you talking down to me in a disrespectful manner over an interview i did. You are acting like i am saying Dicky is Gods Gift To Earth and everyone MUST go support him. I wanted to highlight his achievements so far and people can take what they want from it. Nothing more and nothing less. I just feel you are making this out to be some crazy CIA operative i took money from Dicky to blow him up on HipHopDX, LOL. It's not that serious man. I still feel there is some underlying issue here and i am not sure what it is, but it is what it is.

    • FOH

      He's wack, his music has never been posted on this site before based off his talent. He's on the front page, because he did a kickstarter that got $113,000. That's all it takes, even if he's a joke, and openly admits he's using rap as a tool, and not a passion?! Look at his video's he's got money already, to blow obviously. So he ruined his 860 credit score to make mixtapes. We have a huge difference in opinion on what's "cool and unique"!! I'm glad you decided to speak up, how can I be upset because he has a huge fanbase...he's white, that's an automatic huge fanbase, based on sheer population, check the census report. I guess it is what it is, but the standards you're applying to giving people this level of shine is what's NOT fair. There's nothing to discuss personally bro, I don't know you g. And please don't take offense to the fact that your white, plenty black kids in Philly would be happy trade places with you. I'm commenting on this terrible write up, about a terrible artist. Write about Logic, or even G-Eazy. How did the editor approve "white rapper raises 100,000 for a kickstarter" as the reason ya'll put him on the front page? This is sinply a press release worthy article, not a reason to post all these corny videos and a long as interview. I can't get my time back, so I'll take some more time out my life to state my strong thoughts on this BS article!

    • Mike Trampe

      Wow! So i'm called a "White Boy", Dickhead and told to "Shut The Fuck Up". I NEVER once disrespected you or anyone for that matter, so if you can't hold a respectful conversation with me, whats the point of responding? Obviously, you have an issue with me or him, so make that clear. Who are you? I left my name. Yes i am from PHILLY and i support ALL Of Philly ALL of the time. You can ask anyone from the city that knows me. This seems more of an issue of Dicky being a White emcee then it does anything else. Be honest, are you upset because he is white and has such a huge fan base? I DO NOT know Dicky personally and was told about him via my barber off Oxford ave in the NE. I researched him and reached out. What he is doing is SPECIAL. If anyone from anywhere raised that type of money i would want to talk them as well. You don't like dude, so be it. Calling me names and trying to act like i had some sort of hidden agenda or payola is corny and FALSE! Anyone that knows me knows i don't take money for articles or any posts for that matter. Please do your research before you accuse me or try to slander my character with accusations. I am a down to earth dude with a long history in this hip hop industry that covers topics outside the norm. Take my health articles with Joell Ortiz, 50 Cent, Saigon, Chino XL, Sticman of Dead Prez and my articles for indie artists with record execs and platinum producers. I am always trying to find cool and unique things to write about, and Dicky is one of them. White, Black, Spanish, Asian....I don't care about all that. And i never claimed to "love him so much", but what he is doing is IMPRESSIVE. Theres no denying that. If you are then it is denial or jealousy. Not liking his music or personality is fair game and fine, everyone has an opinion. But find me another rapper ANYWHERE that raised $113k via kickstarter. I am waiting. If you want to talk to me personally hit me up (@miketrampetv) i'm not hard to find and would love to discuss this further in detail. Respectfully and Intelligently of course, there is no reason there has to be so much hostility over an article. It seems that there is an underlying personal issue with me or Dicky. I am assuming you are from the Philly area? Is there an agenda or underlying reason you have so much anger towards this article or myself?

    • Mike Trampe

      Wow! So i'm called a "White Boy", Dickhead and told to "Shut The Fuck Up". I NEVER once disrespected you or anyone for that matter, so if you can't hold a respectful conversation with me, whats the point of responding? Obviously, you have an issue with me or him, so make that clear. Who are you? I left my name. Yes i am from PHILLY and i support ALL Of Philly ALL of the time. You can ask anyone from the city that knows me. This seems more of an issue of Dicky being White then it does anything else. Be honest, are you upset because he white and has such a huge fan base? I DO NOT know Dicky personally and was told about him via my barber off Oxford ave in the NE. I researched him and reached out. What he is doing is SPECIAL. If anyone from anywhere raised that type of money i would want to talk them as well. You don't like dude, so be it. But all this behind the computer talk calling me names and trying to act like i had some sort of hidden agenda or payola is corny and FALSE! Anyone that knows me knows i don't money for articles for any posts for that matter. So please do your research before you come at me or try to ruin my character with accusations. I am a down to earth dude with a long history in this hip hop industry that covers topics outside the regular realm that most people cover. Hence my health articles with Joell Ortize, 50 Cent, Saigon, Chino XL, Sticman of Dead Prez and my articles for indie artists with record execs and platinum producers. I am always trying to find cool and unique things to write about, and Dicky is one of them. White, Black, Spanish, Asian....I don't care about all that. And i never claimed to "love him so much", but what he is doing is IMPRESSIVE. Theres not denying that, if you are then it is denial or jealousy. Not liking his music or personality is fair game and fine, everyone has an opinion. But find me another rapper ANYWHERE that raised $113k via kickstarter. I am waiting. If you want to talk to me PERSONALLY hit me up, i'm not hard to find and would love to discuss this further in detail. Respectfully and Intelligently of course, there is no reason there has to be so much hostility over an article. It seems that there is an underlying personal issue with me or Dicky. Whats your agenda?

    • Mike Trampe

      Wow! When comments are calling me a dickhead and a "white boy", then yes they are deleted. I NEVER once disrespected you or anyone for that matter, so if you can't hold a respectful conversation with me, whats the point of responding? Obviously, you have an issue with me or him, so make that clear. Who are you? I left my name. Yes i am from PHILLY and i support ALL Of Philly ALL of the time. You can ask anyone from the city that knows me. This seems more of an issue of Dicky being White then it does anything else. Be honest, are you upset because he white and has such a huge fan base? I DO NOT know Dicky personally and was told about him via my barber off Oxford ave in the NE. I researched him and reached out. What he is doing is SPECIAL. If anyone from anywhere raised that type of money i would want to talk them as well. You don't like dude, so be it. But all this behind the computer talk calling me names and trying to act like i had some sort of hidden agenda or payola is corny and FALSE! Anyone that knows me knows i don't money for articles for any posts for that matter. So please do your research before you come at me or try to ruin my character with accusations. I am a down to earth dude with a long history in this hip hop industry that covers topics outside the regular realm that most people cover. Hence my health articles with Joell Ortize, 50 Cent, Saigon, Chino XL, Sticman of Dead Prez and my articles for indie artists with record execs and platinum producers. I am always trying to find cool and unique things to write about, and Dicky is one of them. White, Black, Spanish, Asian....I don't care about all that. And i never claimed to "love him so much", but what he is doing is IMPRESSIVE. Theres not denying that, if you are then it is denial or jealousy. Not liking his music or personality is fair game and fine, everyone has an opinion. But find me another rapper ANYWHERE that raised $113k via kickstarter. I am waiting. If you want to talk to me PERSONALLY hit me up, i'm not hard to find and would love to discuss this further in detail. Respectfully and Intelligently of course, there is no reason there has to be so much hostility over an article. It seems that there is an underlying personal issue with me or Dicky. Whats your agenda?

    • FOH

      So we're deleting opinionated comments that don't use foul language...hmmmm sounds like some truth was spoken. You're the writer and you chose to comment on your own article...then it's fair game Dickhead (Bcuz u love Dicky so much)! Out of all the Philly rappers with buzz, shows, merch, fanbase, this is who u promote? You're from Philly too right? Yo Dicky...how much this write up cost? Let's put a few more wack "Lonely Island" clone white boys on HHDX. We know everybody has been waiting for the Vanilla Ice comeback album! Whats the agenda here??

    • Anonymous

      He's literally a joke rapper. I don't see a reason to take his shit serious. Plenty of other rappers are able to employ comedy in their songs without making their entire persona a joke.

    • FOH

      Man shut tf up, u know what u were doin putting him on the front page...Jay Electronica was right. Ur probably a CIA operative too, infesting rap with this bullshit. Yall probably know each other personally. U aint got no credibilty either white boy.

  • Anonymous

    Effortless flow and fresh subject matter. Dude made something from nothing all while quitting his comfortable day job. Funny how all the haters take one opinion of his about Em and thats all they can focus on. Dude is hilarious and can SPIT!!! Go Dicky go Dicky go!

  • Anonymous

    Where I eat at where I'm high, is where they eat at to survive, FOOD CHAINZZ!!!

  • Nathan green

    So much hate for the man! This guy has got some serious talent, and has done fucking well to get where he is (being a white middle class Jewish guy). Why does everyone have to pigeon hole? So he has an opinion on hip hop? It doesn't matter how he answered those questions some one would of had a problem with it.... I for one am a fan, I even invested in his kick starter fund. Being someone who has loved hip hop for years I love to hear fresh new talent that makes me fall back in love with the genre all over again., and dicky did this. Keep going bro!

    • Vanessa

      Wheres talent in just copying what numerous others have already been doing ? Sounds just like a rehash. Fresh new talent ? Are you sure you've "loved hip hop for years" ? I mean, he's good at emulating. But that isn't fresh.

  • Anonymous

    hate to scream cultural appropriation, but... CULTURAL APPROPRIATION AT ITS FINEST!!!!!!! i hope they ask lord jamal about this...

    • Anonymous

      ^^ and thats their problem, not mine. why dont you copy and paste wiki then, since you feel its so necessary to educate fools.

    • Anonymous

      ^ I'm not saying you're wrong, but there are people who don't know what cultural appropriation is.

    • Anonymous

      i didnt think i had to clarify anything bc the punchline is blatantly obvious.. if you need to educate yourself, go ahead... not my job. that goes for the both of you.

    • Anonymous

      @Vanessa I wanted him to clarify because I think its important that other people understand what he says when he says "cultural appropriation". I agree with him, haha.

    • Anonymous

      making a gimmick out of the culture is far from respectable.

    • Vanessa

      Well, it's obvious it isn't new and has been done by blacks, what are you actually asking ? Do you mean to say you're not culturally musically versed ?

    • Anonymous

      You should explain why you're saying that, because opinions should have reasoning behind them.

  • Z

    Fuck outta here dx did you even listen to the dude spit? and your gonna take his claim as the best rapper ever seriously? that's a disgrace he aint the first independent to do shows and make money and hes not even close to the best at it.

    • Robmo

      Somebody paid joe Johnson 120 mil. Just saying

    • John

      Okay, so maybe Dicky isn't LeBron, but you know what the fuck I'm saying. Maybe he's more of a... Joe Johnson or some shit. No disrespect.

    • Ryan

      He didn't say he is the greatest rapper ever. He said he has the mindset of the greatest rapper ever. BIG difference. Like how Kevin Durant, LeBron James, etc. All have the mindset of the greatest player ever. Obviously Lil Dicky isn't the LeBron or Durant of the rap game but he said the word mindset.

  • x

    lets talk about this technicality. Technique is a synonym for style, and style is simply always a matter of taste. Eminems syllable-packed verbiage is very precise and creative, but his rhyme schemes are somewhat predictable, sort of a kool g rap with expanded subject matter. For sheer technical difficulty , E40 comes to mind, not to mention his slang is kicked in china and white suburbia. Or a twista or bone thugs the way they flip styles. Im sure you could name a bunch more those are just off top

  • Serious

    He must be one of those white boys who Stan over Rap God (12 ghostwriters on that btw). Has he ever heard of Big L? Biggie? Nas?

  • x

    Eminem best technical rapper ever? what the hell does that even mean? Since it's "technical", you have some way to quantify this technicality right? This is exactly what Jamar is talking about. song is fuckin corny, obviously not dope but not funny either.

  • Anonymous

    while i like the dude's 90s track and will be checking for him, i think his response to Jamar is kinda part of the problem. Eminem is dope but the best technician by far? I think thats a bit simplistic. you can say he's the dopest, but if you really know this shit, u know there is no "by far" when it comes to skill levels at Top 5 dead or alive status emcees.

  • Glain

    I really like Dicky. I think a few of his songs from his upcoming album will definitely get onto the billboard top 100 list.

  • Philly

    "Eminem is BY FAR the best technical rapper in the history of the genre"??!! LMAO!! Eminem is dope af...but c'mon Busta, Jay Z, Rakim, Kane, Andre 3000, Big Boi, Kendrick, Biggie, Redman....this guy should kill himself! I'm sad to admit I'm from the same city as this guy...no ones heard of him. He must've used his kickstarter money to buy this write up lol! Keep making videos about looking at other guys junk bro, you're in no position to talk about technical ability, keep making that white boy content that panders to 72% of the population. You won't get one sale in the hood...trust me Dickhead!

  • Black Del

    The world needs more jewish rappers ...Not even hating if you have the talent then that's what should matter . Plus rap used to be about originality/characters

  • Anonymous

    I'm still waiting for him to impress me with an actually introspective song. He has talent in flow, but his writing definitely still needs work.

    • TBD

      Co-Sign @btchplz

    • btchplz

      impress you with an introspective song? seriously? that's the problem wit you mf. every rapper is not the same. some choose to make music for the club, some choose to make that deep introspective shit, some choose to discuss coke raps and banging, some choose to be funny, some choose weed, etc. don't expect a rapper to encompass what's important to you. judge the music for what it is. are the rhymes tyte? the beats? does it succeed at what the artist is trying to accomplish? don't go to the strip club looking for deep conversation and don't look for ass and titties at the library.

    • Anonymous

      Russell Westbrook On A Farm... don't be a moron.

  • Lord Jamar

    Lil dicky will be so big that his name will change to huge dicky...

  • Alex

    I think Dicky is easily the best rapper out there. He's not rapping about having shit tons of money (which for most rappers is patently untrue), or all the bitches he's sleeping with. The originality is prevalent in every single line. Easily the most creative person lyrically in the game. And if you've gone to his live show, you know it's the best out there. Dickheads for life.

  • Anonymous

    Finally HHDX is showing LD some love. Still bumping So Hard Mixtape!

  • Anonymous

    "Black people founded the genre, and that won't change. But exclusivity feels pretty hypocritical to the fundamental values within the genre itself. James Naismith invented basketball, but thank God black people play it." What a great comment. I don't even know who he is, but already a fan

    • Vanessa

      " Hip-Hop is a universal culture, yes the black/latino community created but we shouldn't hold it only for ourselves , so others will say we're prejudicious and ignorant " Hip hop has been mainstream in white culture since the 80's anyhow. It's amazing how some people seem to think it's just getting recognized by white people now. LMAO White people were already jamming to The Message. I mean. On what planet are we at the moment.

    • Anonymous

      The comparison between Basketball and Hip-Hop is not as similar as you think, though. Hip-Hop has been at the center of African-American culture in the States, while Basketball was nowhere near as important to White people.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I agree w/ that point, but the em one kinda took away from it. Don't get me wrong, i dig eminem too, i think he's one of the greatest, but its not so cut-and-dry.

    • TBD

      Co-sign, bet you Lord Jamar gets at Dicky like the douche he is. Jamar sounds real disgruntle about his name not being mentioned when it comes to lyrical wordsmiths . He's (Jamar) done some questionable stuff for $, like being in prison scene butt-naked (OZ) , which Donell Rawlings exposed him on Twitter for when they went at it . Hip-Hop is a universal culture, yes the black/latino community created but we shouldn't hold it only for ourselves , so others will say we're prejudicious and ignorant