• Tristan Acker

How Being an MC Really Is Like Being A Jedi

I remember at some point in the last couple years blazing in my backyard with one of my favorite MCs Theez and we were saying like “if you’re like us and you’ve been rapping for 10 years plus and you’re 31ish and SHOULD be very good, that’s baseline.” The distinction is who can leverage that to achieve cool shit in different contexts. This began a train of thought about how being an MC, like a lot of desirable disciplines, is like being a Jedi. This is true in a lot of ways but the way I’m thinking about is how you need to train while young to ever really be accepted by the elite practitioners and gatekeepers of the paradigm.

I think a lot about all the time I spent in university and how dope artists I listen to like Cam Archer and Greaseball were younger than me and building their MC credentials up during that time. Ultimately I’m at peace with how life unfolds but there’s still a lesson there: prodigious talent will rise while young like the foam on a good drink. 

It’s why every rappity rapper is a vet by the time their debut album hits your ears: they’ve been spitting since they were 12! It’s like the reverse of novelists, who were always in their 60s and above when I was schooling and learning about them. 

Otherwise, being an MC is like being a Jedi in the sense of having tools (pen, mic, word processor, your voice, etc.) codes and standards (rules like mic control, rapping over vocals, cypher etiquette, etc,). We get defensive of the craft because we learn it up and down, we live by it, we want it to be respected. The most controversial thing I’ll say is that like Jedi our talents could be used for good or evil but that’s a discussion I’ll save for another time.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

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