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Jermaine Dupri’s Rap Game (S2 Ep.4 Review)

This week’s episode of The Rap Game was about perseverance.

At the beginning of the episode, Jermaine took the kids to a couple places to meet with some people who are significant to his label, So So Def’s, history. After the meetings, they were told that their task for this week was to write a rap about perseverance, So So Def’s history and how they’re the future of So So Def.

When Jermaine mentioned that they would have to write, I was automatically worried about Jayla Marie because of how bad she did during their last writing task. If you don’t know, Jayla Marie doesn’t write her own lyrics. She has a team that writes her rhymes for her. She gives them her ideas and they, in turn, turn those ideas into lyrics and then return them to her. It’s up go her to get familiar with said lyrics and, sadly, that’s where she went wrong. During the last writing assignment, she didn’t have enough time to get familiar with her lyrics, so she bombed and I was just hoping that the same thing wouldn’t happen tonight.

The first person that young rappers got to meet Jermaine’s father, Michael Mauldin. Mr. Mauldin has been in the industry for quite some time. Not only was he Jermaine’s manager, but he was also the president of Columbia Records. The second and third people that the kids met was So So Def artists, Da Brat and Bow Wow. They both told the kids how they got started and how it wasn’t easy to get and stay in the industry. They also pretty much told them that if they want to be apart of So So Def, then they have to bring it because they’re not only representing themselves, but they’re also representing the label and giving up isn’t what they do.

Right after they got back to the house they all started writing their lyrics. Most of the kids seemed like they were okay, but, once again, Jayla Marie had issues. Her writing process is long and, like last time, she didn’t have the kind of time that she needed, so her manager/father tried to get her started right away. Unfortunately, they ran into problems. I was kind of irked because, at this point, her excuse for needing more time to learn her lyrics doesn’t hold that much weight anymore. She knew what she was getting herself into, so I (and the rest of the housemates) not longer feel sorry for her and, if she wants to stay on the show, her manager is going to have to figure out a way to keep her from falling behind.

Fast forward to the day of their performance and Jermaine arranges for the young rappers to have a soundcheck. Lil Key messed up during the soundcheck and his manager/mother went in on him. I think that was the first time that I’ve seen her lose it like that. He was psyching himself out and his performance was suffering because of it.

Our girl, Jayla Marie, couldn’t get through her lyrics during soundcheck, so her manager was, eventually, forced to make a tough choice before her performance. I don’t know if I would’ve done what he did, but, then again, what could she have done? Either way she would’ve looked bad. I don’t really want to talk about what happened because I want you all to watch for yourselves, but if you want to talk after you’ve watched the episode, then please come back and we will.

The performances were okay. They performed in front of Jermaine, his father, Da Brat, Bow Wow and their managers and, after their performances, they were given some constructive criticism. I wasn’t overly impressed because there was more bad than good, but I will say that I was proud of the ones that actually made it through their raps.

The episode ended with the Hit List and I agreed with the placements, but I thought that Jermaine was going to do something that he didn’t do and I wasn’t the only one who was surprised because a couple of the other rappers expressed a little confusion (and anger) at the outcome of the Hit List.

Overal, this episode was good. I’m just anxious to see what’s going to happen in the future because in the sneak peek of next week, I saw some drama brewing between the managers and this episode ended with some sour feelings between the kids. This competition is starting to sink in and people are starting to get in their feelings.

I also noticed that there’s more drama between the rappers in this season than there was in last season. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but this is a competition, so it was only a matter of time before they stopped handling each other with kids gloves. I just hope that no-one comes close to physical blows because what happened at last season’s reunion between The Peaches and Miss Mulatto was unacceptable.

What do you think? What did you think about tonight’s episode of The Rap Game and what did you think of Jason’s decision for Jayla Marie? Would you have done the same thing? If not, let me know what you would’ve done.

Amira 😉


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