“Where The Fuck is Hop-Hop At?” : Michael Rapaport Blasts Rappers for Not Addressing COVID-19

“This is why people don’t take that new shit seriously.”

A cartoonishly urgent Michael Rapaport rant is making the rounds on Twitter today.

In a promo clip for an episode of his podcast (see below,) the actor voiced outrage over the lack of the coronavirus references in hip-hop, blasting rappers for not addressing “the actual blood, sweat, and tears that we’ve all been dealing with” during the global pandemic. But as he works himself up, Rapaport narrows his critique to target “that new shit,” implying that contemporary hip-hop was particularly unabiding to this strange demand and was somehow lesser for it.

PLAYLIST: The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad, Nick Hakim, and More

Though it’s unclear what Rapaport’s precise critique was, rappers with critical and pedestrian clout have rightfully taken Rapaport’s comments as a not-so-quiet indictment of the multiple generations of rappers who’ve defined the last decade hip-hop. “Yt ppl love being guests in our culture just to complain about shit (with no sound basis)” writes Philly Rapper, lojii, on Twitter. “Imagine if commentators knew there were more voices in the world than Cole, Kenny and Cordae?” asks Detroit’s Quelle Chris.

Watch Michael Rapaport’s call to arms below and scroll on for some of hip-hop’s more pointed responses.




Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Published by

Recent Posts

SZA Announces the Release Date For Her New Album ‘S.O.S.’ on SNL

SZA will release her new album, S.O.S., next week. It's been a long wait but… Read More

December 4, 2022

Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Shouldn’t Be Overshadowed By Tim Burton’s History With Black Characters

The way Wednesday sets up its Black characters has led to discussions around Tim Burton's complicated history… Read More

December 2, 2022

Takeoff’s Alleged Killer Has Been Arrested in Houston

An arrest has been made pertaining to the death of Migos rapper Takeoff in Houston,… Read More

December 2, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. MIKE, Curren$y, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

December 2, 2022

Mother of Shanquella Robinson Slams FBI For Delayed Charges

Salamondra Robinson, mother of the late Shanquella Robinson spoke to The Independent about the FBI's… Read More

December 2, 2022

6 New Hip-Hop & R&B Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of December 2)

Babyface Ray, Yungeen Ace, and RINI share projects on this New Music Friday. Curren$y also… Read More

December 2, 2022