First off, let me reveal the 5 rappers that Jermaine Dupri ended up choosing at the end of last week’s episode.
Those rappers are: Nia Kay, 14, Chicago, IL; Lil Key, 16, Baltimore, MD; Mani, 16, Los Angeles, CA; Prince of New York, 14, Brooklyn, NY; and Jayla Marie, 11, Staten Island, NY.
I thought Jermaine did a pretty good job at choosing his top 5, but, after watching this episode, I’m starting to wonder if anyone (kids and parents included) will survive because the amount of shade and drama that was present was quite surprising.
But, before we get into that, let’s talk about tonight’s task.
This episode was all about identity. Jermaine was curious as to whom each rapper was and where they came from. This is the same task that was given last season. Jermaine gave the kids a beat and it was up to them to write and record a rap about their hometown. They had to use their rap to explain how their city defines them.
Most of the rappers breezed right through the writing portion, but there were two who had a little trouble. One just needed a little push from her manager, while the other had a problem that was a little bit harder to overcome.
At the beginning of the episode, Jayla Marie admitted that she didn’t write her own rhymes. She stated that she writes down her ideas, sends them to her writing team to be formatted into a rap and they, in turn, send them back for her to learn. She said that it takes her about a day to master those rhymes. Jermaine only gave the kids a couple hours to write and learn their raps, so she was already at a disadvantage.
Now, I am not hating on her or anything, but it’s kind of hard to recognize someone as a rapper when they don’t write their own raps. To me, that’s what makes a rapper. His/Her lyrics are what sets them apart from the competition, so to find out that they don’t write them kills their credibility. I was shocked when Jayla Marie openly admitted to not writing her lyrics because of how heavy a rapper’s career is weighed on their ability to write.
She definitely got the backlash from a couple of her peers and one person in particular made a comment that got under her skin. I don’t think that Jayla Marie is less of an artist because she doesn’t write because, as we all know, ghostwriters do exist, so she isn’t the only rapper who doesn’t write their rhymes. I just hope that she, eventually, learns to write, at least, half of her raps. I think people would take her more seriously and she wouldn’t have to go through what she went through during this episode. Not writing that rap, ultimately, cost her and I kind of felt bad for her, but the good thing is that she’s young, so there’s still time to learn.
Speaking of learning, Jermaine had another well known rapper and singer surprise the kids. He had Nelly stop by to give them advice on how to represent their city in the best way and he had Monica come by to give them advice on how to kill it in the studio before they were set to record their verses. It was good for the kids to talk to them and I think they learned something from each celebrity.
Meanwhile, while the kids were busy working with Jermaine, the parents/managers where in the middle of their own drama. So, Prince of New York’s mother, Yovanka, and Jayla Marie’s manager, Jason, got into a little spat because she was very offended that Jayla Marie dissed her son during last week’s task.
I thought that this was extremely petty, especially after finding out (from Jermaine) that Jayla Marie was the only one that did what he wanted. Yovanka should know that it’s nothing personal and that it was just a task. Jermaine wanted them to explain why they’re better than the competition and that’s what she did. End of story. There was no need to get in an argument about it. I thought that it was kind of funny how she was the only parent that said anything. Jayla Marie dissed them all, but she was the only one that took it upon herself to confront Jason about it. I thought she blew the whole thing out of proportion.
But that’s just me. How did you guys feel about Yovanka’s reaction to the rap and her decision to confront Jason about it?
Overall, this episode was good. I think they all (minus one) did good at recording their raps, so I can’t wait to see what Jermaine has in store for them next.
The Rap Game airs on Fridays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
**Click here to read my review of season 2 episode 3 of The Rap Game.