"Lupe steals like Lupin the Third"
- Lupe Fiasco, Touch the SkyBeing a good rapper requires a deft command of the English language, as well as a large knowledge of popular culture. The best rappers pile wordplay upon wordplay, employing strange rhyme schemes and complicated metaphors, as well as references from every conceivable era and field. For rappers that produce tracks as well, they often have to search for the most obscure and esoteric samples possible, from old soul records to cartoon themes. All this requires a certain nerdy mindset. Thus, many good rappers tend to be nerds. Tends to show up in rappers that are more critically acclaimed than popular, though there are exceptions. Trope is named for Trope Codifier Wu-Tang Clan's song C.R.E.A.M., which stands for "Cash Rules Everything Around Me." Subtrope of One of Us. For the punk rock version of this trope, see Scientific Progress Goes Oi. Often overlaps with Black and Nerdy