Tonight’s episode of The Rap Game was about appeal.
At the beginning of the episode, Jermaine had the kids participate in a focus group that was made up of about a dozen youth. Not only did he set up the event for his benefit, but he also wanted the young rappers (and their managers) to see how their look, music (or lyrics) and videos resonate with their peers.
I thought that participating in this focus group was really good for them. A couple of the young rappers found out some new things about themselves and their music. For example, one rapper learned that his peers can’t relate to his lyrics and another rapper found out that the kids didn’t care for their delivery. I wasn’t surprised by the first example that I gave because I kind of felt the same way, but I still think that it’s crazy how the smallest things can change people’s opinions of you and your music.
I really liked watching this scene and I just hope that the kids (and their managers) payed attention and took some notes.
For the second challenge, Jermaine tested the managers and their artists by switching up the pairings. This is something that he did in season 1. This was the most interesting challenge thus far because it brought on so much drama.
The managers were supposed to help their new artists prepare for a press conference. It was up to the managers to choose the artists clothes, help them with their delivery and they also had to make sure that they make their artist look as good as possible in front of the press. Majority of the managers and artists did good, but, for a couple pairings, the drama and shadiness was still present.
Once again, Jayla Marie and her manager/father, Jason, got under my skin. Jayla was paired up with Prince of New York’s manager/mother, Yovanka (or YoYo), and I knew right away that that was a recipe for disaster. She and Jason had already got into it a couple episodes back, so there’s some bad blood between the two. Here’s what happened: Jayla wasn’t feeling the outfit ideas that YoYo was giving her, so she went to her dad and complained to him. He, in turn, called Jayla’s mother (and his wife), Latoya, who’s also Jayla’s other manager. Latoya steps in and she and Jason both decide that they aren’t going to listen to YoYo and she (meaning, Latoya) is going to do what she wants with her child.
When this happened I was like “What in the world is he doing?!” Why would you call your wife? She’s not there, therefore, she has no say in what’s going on. Jermaine specifically assigned YoYo to Jayla and I thought that it was messed up of Jason to completely disregard her without trying to talk to her first. He could’ve, at least, came to YoYo with Jayla’s complaints, but, apparently, Jason really isn’t Jayla’s manager. Her mother is, so what she says goes, even if she’s not present.
I’m fed up with Jayla and her dad. However, I can see why Jermaine is keeping her around. She did pretty good with the focus group, so her peers love her, but I just don’t think that she (or her father) are on the same level as everyone else in the house. He doesn’t seem to know how to properly manage her and she’s still falling behind the rest of the artists. I don’t think she’s ready for this competition.
What do you guys think? Am I being to harsh or do you agree?
Anyway, besides having an argument outside of the building that the press conference was in, the event went pretty well for all the kids. Some did better than others, but, overall, it was a decent event.
One manager did taint it by trying to sabotage his new artist and I was, and still am, disgusted by that. I don’t agree with managers trying to come for the artists. Let the kids bicker with the kids and let the adults bicker with the adults. An adult should never come for a kid and a kid should never come for an adult. That’s uncalled for and I definitely thought that there should be some type of punishment for that.
Don’t you agree?
Thankfully, the plan backfired and the artist still came out on top, but I’m still not feeling that. I will forever look at that manager sideways because I just can’t believe that he had the audacity to do something like that and then later brag about it.
Who does that?!
The messed up thing is that he/she didn’t even feel bad for doing it. They tried to explain their “strategy” to the group and everything. I just had to shake my head on that one.
In conclusion, this episode was definitely one for the books. For me, the challenge was overshadowed by the drama. The focus group was good, but the press conference challenge was an after thought. The managers completely disregard Jermaine’s rules and just did what they wanted and, because of that, he dropped another bomb on the group: they will be doing next week’s challenge with the same mismatched managers and artists. Hopefully, this time they’ll play by the rules.
Let me know that you thought of this week’s drama filled episode of The Rap Game in the comment section.
Until next week.
*Click here to read my review for episode 6 of The Rap Game.