Question Of The Day: If Plies Was The Valedictorian Of His Graduating Class…Why Is That Frowned On In The Black Community?!?!

- By Bossip Staff

Most people know rappers don’t live the the thug life they glorify in their songs. It’s normally someone extremely close to them, whose life story they share. Plies gets a lot of heat for rapping about the streets because he supposedly was the valedictorian of his graduating class. So what if he did… Is that really a bad thing?!?!

In music, Plies does boast about a life filled with goons, hoes and clothes like an idiot, but then again he does it because that’s what makes money. Why does it matter if he was a good student or not?!?! This is a huge difference from Jay-Z, even though he has been extremely successful, he never graduated from high school.

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  • http://www.thenoireffect.com GotYou

    Hip-Hop is a high art form. The sad part is that most rappers out don’t have a wide grasp of the English language, can barely read, have no sense of comprehension, but yet if they mash some mess together they get deals.

    A formal education is great, and once talents get their fame, they should really pursue that avenue, which will not only make them better able to craft their art, but better able to deal in the boardroom with the snakes.

    NaS is a lyrical genius. Though he didn’t complete high school like Jay-Z, they both possess a self taught knowledge. They’re deeply studious and also have a command of the English language like no other. If you can’t read, don’t have a wide ranging vocabulary, and lack comprehension, then you’ll be a gimmick rapper, like 98% of them out there.

    The goon mentality is what “society” wants Black culture to lookup to because they love to see us fail. They don’t want us to reach for our highest heights. So they invest in the buffoonery in music, television, and other forms, to keep us held down. And we, the parents, grandparents, kids, uncles, nieces, nephews, and aunts, buy into it.

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  • foreallydoe

    Who said it was a bad thing? Lol… The valedictorian of my high school was black and she’s bossin up right now. Not to mention Plies was valedictorian and homecoming king. That’s hard to do. Props for that. I cannot, however give him any props for his music.

  • NastyNas

    Got U I disagree that 98% rappers are gimmick. There are way more rappers than Jayz and Nas that possess lryical ability. The problem is main stream pushes the gimmich rappers. There are way more lryical rappers than gimmick rappers you just don’t know of them. Example: Common, Talib Kweli, J Cole, Mos Def, Raekwon, Kanye West, Black Thought, Pharoah Monch, Game, Scarface, Young Chris, Wale, Drake, Joel Ortiz, and Az just to name a few

  • Jay

    It’s not shunned, he’s a liar

  • king

    the black community has been messed for a while now this isn’t new we love being dumb black peole we need to chance stop blaming the white man for everything we are so concerned about being “real” and “fake” whatever that means. black men and black women having a gender war eay i look at it is it’s both our fault

  • smittyt

    That,s why i hate the rap game,black 0n black crimes and, these fools glorify it with the no snitching bull sh$t, and they come down on another brother because he didn,t live a crimminal past,i like the ideal that there are some positive young brothers out there today.

  • FFFfirst

    ~~ he has created a s/p/a/c/e for himself.

  • Angel(formerly UrHeiness)

    I like Plies & I’m a fan of some of his music however I hate the whole “goon affiliated” image he portrays as well as the big,gaudy jewelry.

  • IMACTUALLYINTHEINDUSTRY

    THE REASON HE’S SHUNNED IS BECAUSE, HE KNOWS BETTER…. HE ACTS IGNORANT PROMOTES IGNORANCE AND HE ISN’T IGNORANT… HE’S THE ANTICHRIST. J/J…. BUT HE’S WRONG FOR THAT.

  • BoneAfieD

    Plies may b a goon,gansta or whatever society made him. But it takes extra hard work to GO TO SCHOOL & STAY FOCUSED WHILE N SCHOOL.

  • foxxy cleopatra foster

    It’s not frowned upon. What is frowned upon is perpetuating a fraud. He’s not being real and he created his whole lifestyle in his head. For someone who claims to be so smart you would think his rhymes would be better and he would be able to utter an intelligible sentence.

  • CALIBREED

    THEY ARE ACTORS

  • juliemango

    It certainly shows that Plies does’t have tunnel vision or a one track mentality, he is able to think outside the box and relate to his peers whether he experienced life exactly like them or not!!!

  • ...

    ignorance is bliss

  • MsJae

    He does that because he knows people will still buy it…like I keep saying the listners are the ones making these garbage rappers famous. They wanted Lupe Fiasco to DUMB down his lyrics smh if u cant understand what he is saying u need to go back to school then…the rappers that are actually saying something in their songs dont get a lot of attention but rappers like Plies, Niki Minaj, Soulja Boy(the list goes on and on)they get glorified…believe it or not hip hop is dying and I dont care what a rapper says about it not being dead because they ARE hip hop…they are just one person…in the words of Jay-Z: We dont believe you, you need more people!!

  • king

    HAVE YOU GUYS LOOKED AT THE WORLRD LATELY KIDS ARE DROPING OUT OF SCHOOL AT A WORSE RATE IN LIVE IN ATLANTA THEY ARE SHUTTING DOWN SCHOOLS KIDS REALLY DON’T CARE ABOUT EDUCATION I GRAD IN 2008 SINCE THEN SCHOOLS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE THE TEACHERS REN’T TEACHING THE DECLINE OF EDUCATION IS REALLY SAD

  • Hello...Is it me your looking for?

    Just get the education. Everything else will follow. Hopefully the younger generation can pull from the fact that Plies is a valedictorian and that it is ok to be smart but talk “hood.” Hopefully maturity will wisen them up later, but its better to have an educated mind in saggy jeans than to have someone wearing saggy jeans with no mind at all.

  • http://thablackyoutube.com thablackyoutube

    A person’s intelligence shouldn’t be downplayed for anyone or anything. Doing so promotes a sense a fake.

  • britneybritney

    He’s actually pretty well spoken (except for the excessive use of umm) but I would expect him to sound loud and ignorant like he does in his songs.

  • britneybritney

    AND the excessive use of the word n***a!

  • DR.FUNK

    His music-and all it stands for-is GARBAGE.

  • Interlude

    Mr. Piles is not a good representation of a valedictorian because his coversation seems a little immature and his grammar is really broken and incorrect.

  • WTF

    There is also an issue that it is ok for these rappers to be LYING in their music. Its wack and so not the Hip Hop I know.

  • Danielle

    “It’s not frowned upon. What is frowned upon is perpetuating a fraud. He’s not being real and he created his whole lifestyle in his head. For someone who claims to be so smart you would think his rhymes would be better and he would be able to utter an intelligible sentence.”

    Rap is an art form and 99% of all hip hop artist are perpetuating a fraud its entertainment. If he did anything else he would not have his fan base.”A dummy believes anything! Its hard to fool a wise man!” Im from the hood & I didnt meet one aspiring rapper until I went off to college!!!!!

    Prime example:: We all know Nikki Minaje ain’t no damn barbie(its impossible)! Shes not perpetuating a fraud she’s entertaining! as horrible as it may be she is a character

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