Pants On Fire: Hip-Hop’s Most Exposed Liars
Thus far, and by first thought, the most hilarious of all rap/hip hop liars has to be Mr. Ross Wiggum. This list is completely hilari-sad.
You’ve heard the news by now: Slate has found that rapper Roxanne Shante was not nearly the business-savvy teen that she bragged about being–and that rather than holding her label accountable for her college costs as she went on to get her doctorate degree, she actually didn’t ever get a degree at all, let alone make her label pay for it.
But more on that later! Hip-hop (and R&B) is as full of self-mythologizing bluster as the next genre (you ain’t no killa, Kenny Chesney!), but sometimes we’re amazed at what people try to get away with..which is why we rounded up the biggest fibbers in the biznass. Dear bad liars: try to stay away from polygraphs in the future…
THE LIE: Arguably the first female gangster rapper, Bo$$ talked nonstop about slangin’ in Compton, being a certifiable G-ass killa who was also paradoxically dead broke, and assorted other street tales that were so familiar to the early-’90s West Coast movement. Then came the Wall Street Journal reporter who in 1994 published a story exposing Lichelle Laws’ middle-class upbringing in Detroit–including two deacon parents who constantly sent money to her in L.A.
THE VERDICT: Guilty of affected gangsterism in the first degree! But at the time, she was the biggest Bo$$ that we’d heard thus far.
Bo$$ is just the beginning by the way, although I don’t remember them, I very much remember the rest of the list which you can read here…