Mac Miller and Four Other "Frat-Rappers" You Should Know

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Mac Miller's Saturday show at America's Backyard is sold out.
What the hell is frat rap, you ask? Congratulations -- this means you are (1) likely of legal drinking age, and (2) spend your spare time doing things other than wiping away spittle as you click through yet another Tumblr page. (Um, when we do it, it counts as research, we swear.) 

Allow us to school you. If the new class of young rappers like Drake, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, et al. represent a more pop-oriented turn of the genre that's less obsessed with being hard enough, frat rap is, in many ways, its pale, logical conclusion. 

Hand-wringing over the racial integration of hip-hop long ago became a moot point. Rap music -- though maybe not hip-hop culture, per se -- has become the lingua franca of American youth. And anybody born after, say, 1980 feels a right to participate.

With more complete integration, though, comes, shall we say, a broadening of the rap perspective. The average white suburban kid who grew up on rap and wants to rap himself couldn't possibly talk about street life without getting clowned. In the past, this meant a wordier, more willfully avant-garde tack, along the tongue-twisting lines of the old Definitive Jux collective (RIP) or the Minnesotans of Rhymesayers.

Those were the days, though. Because the new pack of pasty rappers, many born after 1990, don't seem to concern themselves with either engaging with hip-hop culture as a whole or even proving their lyrical mettle too much. Rather, up-and-comers like Mac Miller are, like the first rappers, just narrating life as they see it. 

Unfortunately, that life, as expressed though most of the budding so-called "frat rap" micro-genre so far -- one with an entire Tumblr account dedicated to chronicling it -- seems to consist almost entirely of weed, hanging out, eating processed, packaged foods, and hitting on girls... bro. 

If you weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth and came up feeling nurtured by hip-hop, these melanin-challenged dudemanbros might make you feel embarrassed for the state of your favorite genre. Hell, if you are melanin-challenged and privileged and a fan of "real" hip-hop, these guys might make you feel embarrassed too. 

And what to make of the groups with actual black members, like Dean's List, who the Tumblr gods have decided qualify as frat-rap too? We may not be on enough collegiate postracial theory to tackle that one right now. But these guys are coming for the airwaves soon, and we had all better be prepared. 

Case in point: This Saturday's local performance by Miller, probably the biggest name in the budding scene, is sold out. And that's at America's Backyard, the sprawling outdoor venue attached to Revolution that may hold a bigger capacity than the club itself. 

OK, so Miller and his cohorts aren't all 100 percent bad. Probably, a lot of these are kids getting thrust into the bloggy spotlight way more prematurely than would have ever happened when there was still a music industry. Others, maybe, really just are Rainbow flip-flop-wearing d-bags. Whatever the case, here's a guide to five "frat-rappers" you need to know now. 

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100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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GabbyLet
GabbyLet

Mac Miller is not completely suburban. The high school he went to (near my neighborhood) is in one of the most urban areas of Pittsburgh. It consists of mostly black, underprivileged kids. Just because he's white does not automatically mean he's "suburban."

Bolson1952
Bolson1952

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Fredbossman
Fredbossman

jus sayin that u need to add Fortune Family to the list

Lilobes1
Lilobes1

Check out Ground Up, out of Philly.. this hip-hop trio is trying to avoid being lumped into this frat-rap scene, and their music is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop fans. i promise, you wont be disappointed.. www.groundupsounds.com

Jd
Jd

you shoulve just said white rappers theres no such thing as frat rappers lol

Brizimm
Brizimm

I have no idea how you can put Mac Miller in this group of whack artists. He's got naturally great flow and swag. Reverse racism is a bitch, because everyone knows if a kid with his style was black, it would be a whole different story. I'm an old (38) white hip-hop fan, I've hated what the genre has become in the last 5 or 6 years, but Mac Miller is doing a pretty damn good job bringing it back to the Jungle Brothers era. Admittedly, I wish every single song wasn't about smoking weed, but I guess it makes people like you lump him in with these jokes. You just chose one of Mac's less impressive songs for this list. Try "Nikes on My Feet" and "Get Up". I was even reluctant to like the guy because he was a teenager and white, but in just a few days, I've come to understand his talent and overlook the weed obsession, just like I did with Wiz Khalifa.

harry
harry

"yeah i live the sweet [suite] life, not in a hotel [awkward laugh], not in a hotel, not in a hotel [end verse]." Mac Miller fucking sucks. He can take his guido facial hair and cheesy expressions and gtfo. Dudes a cunt.

Arielle
Arielle

Your opinion is well put.... But my point here was that he is kinda wasting potential talent and the beats he chooses, with (so far) insipid content. So our thinking here is kind of similar, actually. 

Crazywhiteboy_292
Crazywhiteboy_292

some of the beats he gets aint even his... mac u have all my respect love the music but a friend brought a point to my attention u stole the la la la la beat

Guest
Guest

MAC with all due respect, FT. Lauderdale was a disaster. The audio sounded like an 8th grade talent show. Understand your rap game is nice, your live production however, is a catastrophe. Lose all those stage monkeys and hire a sound guy that's legit...I got a 10k investment for you to step your game up...HERE IS WHAT IS SOUNDED LIKE IN THE AUDIENCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Arielle
Arielle

 Thx for posting the video, interesting....

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