The Big Hurt: YouTube rap spam

By DAVID THORPE  |  September 13, 2012

Man I work my ass off, like seriously all day; not trying to give a sob story here but i spend hours burning new mixtapes to pass out for free, networking on so many websites, getting shows booked and chasing my DREAM. [. . .] There's no other way to network on sites other then being annoying, all rappers went through this at one point; so PLEASE feel free to check out my music, and if you're just gonna hate then i rather you keep to yourself. thanks for your time!

It's superficially similar to EnzzScrilla's plea, but the slightest variation in tone turns a winning formula into a dud. RedFoxx seems exasperated, even hostile, practically berating the reader for failing to recognize his hard work. Worse, he ends by shutting out criticism and accusing us of being potential haters — the loathed bogeymen of the rap universe. It stinks of desperation, an odor incompatible with hip-hop fame.

DAVID THORPE |dthorpe@phx.com

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