Lil Dicky and the Anti-Rap Takeover?
David Burd, better known as Lil Dicky or LD, released his debut studio album, Professional Rapper, in July of 2015, and more recently, has stormed the rap scene with the release of his music video for the song, “$ave Dat Money.” As LD’s following and notoriety continue to grow, will he come the new face of Anti-Rap? In 2013, Lil Dicky started dabbling in the rap game to build momentum within the comedy community with hopes of transitioning into an acting career; however, along the way, LD fell in love with rap and has no intention upon giving it up any time soon, according to this interview with HipHopDX. In 2013, he released his mixtapes So Hard and Hump Days with several goofy music videos, as shown below. These releases went viral almost immediately and earned LD an impressive following of fans, oddly referred to as “Dickheads”. After expending all his money to fund his initial rap endeavors, LD reached out to his followers via Kickstarter campaign to fund phase two of his rap career. With the help of nearly 3,000 backers, Lil Dicky was able to raise a little over $113,000, nearly doubling his initial goal of $70,000, paving the way to the release of Professional Rapper.
Although when Lil Dicky first entered the game in 2013 he didn’t have much of a following or reputation within the rap community, with over 17 million view on his most recent music video, it’s safe to say that he’s moving his way up. After its release, Professional Rapper fell in at 7 on the US Billboard 200 and 1 on the Top Comedy, Rap, and Independent Album lists. As for gaining the respect and acknowledge of fellow members of the rap community, his work has featured some big names such as Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Fetty Wap, and Rich Homie Quan.
After listening to a majority of his work, I don’t there’s much debate as to whether or not LD’s funny. Listen to any of his songs and you’ll be laughing almost immediately. The real catch is although LD may not sound like your typical rapper, there’s no doubt, in my mind, that he can also hang with other rappers as far as being able to actually rap…
For the elitist rap fans, many ride off Lil’ Dicky as merely a comedian and fail to acknowledge the fact that well, he can actually spit. Despite being an all-around weird dude that raps about rather questionable things, Lil’ Dicky laces his songs with killer rhymes and subtle complexities. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at arguably his most technical and intricate song, “Russel Westbrook On a Farm”.
Although the foundation of the song, Russell Westbrook working on a farm, is pretty odd, Lil Dicky goes in for nearly 7 minutes and really shows off the fact that he’s much more than a comedian. Worth noting, he doesn’t make a ‘true joke’ throughout the course of song. Although I’m not the biggest rap buff, I’d like to say that Lil Dicky could give most rappers nowadays a run for their money. For instance, consider lyrics such as “I’m smarter, where the fuck ya degrees at/And I ain’t harder but I’m hotter homie, where da fuck ya degrees at”. As Lil Dicky mentions his song, “Professional Rapper”, “the fans of rap started recognizing anti-rap is ironically one of the real brands of rap left”. While I’m not sure this will happen overnight, I think Lil’ Dicky is definitely a name to bring up when arguing anti-rap is truly a real brand of rap.