[[caption-width-right:350:He analyzes the rhymes, because no one else does.]]
->"[[CatchPhrase You don't have to like my opinion, but I don't have to like your song.]]"

[[CatchPhrase Let's talk about the Rap Critic]] (aka [[StageNames Masta Artisan]], aka Daren Jackson).

The resident [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin reviewer of hip-hop and rap]] for Website/ChannelAwesome (until his departure in 2018). Along with WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, WebVideo/PawDugan, and WebVideo/RockedReviews, he's a music critic. He is also found on Website/{{RVT}}. He raps a little as well, but not in his reviews; well, not much anyway. In 2014 he started the "Goin' Off" podcast with Creator/MarcMues. In 2015, he started a segment called "Music Skitteos", in which he riffs on hip-hop music videos

His work can be found [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/rap-critic here]] and [[http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/masta-artisan/id332479130 here]], and his {{Website/Twitter}} is [[https://twitter.com/rapcritic_tgwtg here]]. His YouTube is [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL3wRHKYmH4vJreoTw28jZQ here]].
!!This reviewer provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: In the closest thing we've gotten to a StoryArc from the otherwise strictly review-based Rap Critic, [[spoiler:Music/LilWayne [[DraggedOffToHell drags the Critic to hell]] and [[ShameIfSomethingHappened convinces him]] to stop criticizing his music]]. Not only does all of this happen off-screen, but a few videos later the Critic is back to [[spoiler:bashing Lil Wayne]] like nothing happened.
** He mentions in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJDTOzPbR2c "The Top 9 Worst Lyrics of 2011"]] that [[spoiler:they settled matters amicably]].
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He got a chuckle from the "left nut" line of the otherwise execrable "[[{{Music/Eminem}} Just Lose It]]".
** In the CrossOver review with WebVideo/DiamandaHagan on the Music/InsaneClownPosse movie ''Film/BigMoneyRustlas'', Rap Critic admits he actually found a decent number of the gags in the movie to be pretty funny (and in general found ''Rustlas'' to be a much better movie compared to it's predecessor, ''Film/BigMoneyHustlas''), particularly Sugar Wolf's cartoon-like "pimp slap" scenes.
** When listening to this T-Pain's "Rap Song", he starts [[{{Corpsing}} laughing uncontrollably]] at this little line, and couldn't bring himself to review the lyric ([[LampshadeHanging Which technically means I only have FIVE lyrics for this month...]])
--> "And I'mma do you like [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye]], 'cause "[[MemeticMutation I'mma let you FINISH!!!]]""
* [[invoked]]AccidentalInnuendo: Cracks up when he hears the line "I take sacks to the face whenever I can!" He knows the line is ''supposed'' to be referring to drugs, but [[HoYay it instead sounds like he enjoys taking]]...
--> "[[BaitAndSwitch Y'know, Smooth Jazz lessons]]. ({{Beat}}) [[AndAnotherThing Oh yeah, also]], [[spoiler: ''balls.'']]."
* ADateWithRosiePalms: When ''[[Music/{{Hopsin}} Ill Mind of Hopsin 4]]'' makes a reference to Music/NickiMinaj naked.
* AnalogyBackfire: In the David Banner review, after David Banner's line, "I beat it like [[Music/MichaelJackson Mike]] when he [[CriticalResearchFailure fucked Billie Jean]]," Rap Critic exasperatedly points out that the point of that song was for Michael to say that he ''didn't'' have sex with her.
** He points out that the "And she's a patient in my waiting room" line in {{Music/Drake}}'s "Best I Ever Had" could also mean that this girl is waiting for Drake while he's busy with somebody else.
** When discussing ''I Know You See It'', Rap Critic is [[ShareTheMalePain horrified]] when Yung Joc brags about a woman giving him a blowjob "[[GroinAttack like she's chewin' bubble gum]]."
** In "Top 5 Worst Lyrics- Aug 2014", Nelly manages to make it at #1 with the sentence "Shake it like a paraplegic." While Music/RickRoss came a close second with the line "I'm the biggest rapper alive, google me, expedia." Expedia's a travel site.
** He points out that the line "Dick bigger than a tower/I ain't talkin' 'bout Eiffel's" from Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" actually makes the guy's dick look pretty small.
-->"His dick was as big as a tower! But not the Eiffel Tower, that would be ridiculous. More like a Lego figurine model of the Eiffel Tower, if I had to be precise."
* AngryBlackMan: Averted to the point that even he's surprised at how calm he stays.
** Justified in his "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard... This Year (2011)" video, as he bemoans the horrible state mainstream rap music had become at the time.
* AppealToObscurity: In his review of ''Music/SouljaBoy: TheMovie'' with [[Creator/MarcMues Mues]]:
--> '''Mues''': Then Soulja Boy shows off useless crap, like having 92 thousand friends on Myspace. Because you know, Music/TilaTequila had 2 million friends on Myspace, and we all see how important she is.
--> '''Rap Critic''': Who?
--> '''Mues''': Exactly.
** The RC sees Kid Ink as another version of J-Kwon.
--> '''Rap Critic''': And if you don't remember who J-Kwon is, well, that's exactly my point.
* AprilFoolsDay: His review of [[Music/ChildishGambino "Redbone"]] in 2017, which starts off as usual enough, [[spoiler:and then a quarter of the way through, it suddenly transitions into a ''Film/GetOut2017''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou -style hypnosis scene on the viewer]], where he takes the opportunity to plug his Patreon. The second half of the video is extra snippets from the "Goin' Off" podcast.]]
* AutoTune: He doesn't seem to mind it in other contexts unlike most people, but he sees AutoTune when used in rap a flaccid attempt by producers to make lazy artists sound robotic and cool (despite rap not being based off of tonal pitch). Angrily discussed with "We Dem Boyz":
-->'''Rap Critic:''' I don't know about you, but when I hear a rapper with AutoTune on, I immediately tune out, because I have yet to hear a rap verse with AutoTune on it that was ever good. Not even from Music/LilWayne, not even from [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye.]] Sure, maybe there were some songs where they ''sang'' the whole time and I liked it, but I can't name you '''one''' good auto-tuned rap verse.
* BerserkButton:
** He can't stand the way [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Violent J]] says "my motherfuckin' money!"
** Repetitive verses and lines, especially prevalent in Big Sean's music.
--> "Shut the fuck up! Shut the fuck up, Big Sean! Shut! The fuck! Up!"
** He's ''really'' not fond of when rappers don't even bother to try and rhyme.
* BetterThanItSounds:[[invoked]] InUniverse, "No Love" is a classic example. Rap Critic starts out thinking that a song by a post-[[SoOkayItsAverage "Relapse"]] Music/{{Eminem}} and Music/LilWayne that samples [[{{Memes/Music}} "What is Love" by Haddaway]] could possibly be good. By the end of the review, he gives the song his second-ever [[BrokeTheRatingScale six out of five rating]].
* BigNo: In his "Worst Lyrics of April 2014", this is his reaction to a really bad sex brag.
-->'''Yung Joc:''' She chewin' on the dick like a piece of bubble--
-->'''Rap Critic:''' Whoa! No! You're not supposed to do that... at all!
* BlackAndNerdy: Self-admitted.
* BoomerangBigot:
** He accused Petey Pablo of being this in "Raise Up", regarding a line claiming that the artist spent jail time with half of the...[[NWordPrivileges black men]] in North Carolina.
--> "Way to stereotype your own people. ...Ya jerk."
** In his Ridin' review he notes that the song about racist cops uses Tiny Lister, a black man, to portray said racist cop. Despite his criticisms about the song, he doesn't think this is a flaw, citing this trope.
* BreathlessNonSequitur: He calls Music/LilWayne out for doing this in "Love Me" by doing it himself:
--> "I don't know about you, but linking two phrases together with the word 'and' is not the same thing as a transitional phrase and I like nipples."
* BrickJoke: Music/SnoopDogg [[MindScrew leading an army of gummy bears]] in a Music/KatyPerry music video.
** In "[[Music/IceCube It Was A Good Day]]", he jokes at Ice Cube saying he is drinking and driving by editing the music video to show Ice Cube going out of control and crashing. Later in his "Worst Lyrics of October 2012" video, he parodies rap's obsession with "haters" by claiming that someone saying he shouldn't play near the road is just hating, only to be ran over by Ice Cube.
* BrokeTheRatingScale:
** He's used both kinds of Type 1. He's given several 0 out of 5 ratings, and five 6 out of 5 ratings [[note]]("No Love" by Music/{{Eminem}} & Music/LilWayne), "Bitch Bad" by Music/LupeFiasco, "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Music/LaurynHill, "Slam" by Onyx and "Jesus Walks" by Music/KanyeWest[[/note]].
** He refused to give a rating for "Loyal" because that would mean he would he have to actually acknowledge Music/ChrisBrown as a legit rapper.
** He was about to give a rating to "Lifestyle", but just before that he declared that the song was absolutely awful and refused to spend any more time with it, then the video ended.
** He gave "Bad and Boujee" by Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert the following, scathing (non)rating:
---> '''RC:''' Overall I give this a get the [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] out of my face.
* BrokenAesop: He points out that the message of "Ridin'" (about how cops resort to racial profiling to get away with police brutality) is completely invalidated when Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone rap about not only fulfilling those negative stereotypes, but also by bragging about breaking the law and having warrants "in every city except Houston".
* BrokenPedestal: Devoted a large chunk of his "Worst Lyrics of 2012" video to explaining why Music/NickiMinaj's recent work has disappointed him so much.
* TheCameo:
** He appeared in Sad Panda's Q and A Episode 1, WebVideo/PawDugan's list of Top 9 Creator/MarxBrothers Music Moments, WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' review of "Whip My Hair" and WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall's review of "Eminem/The Punisher #1".
** In return the [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Animetalchick Animetalchick]] appears in [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas "Just Can't Get Enough"]] (though she only calls herself "the camera guy's sister", with her name appearing in her next appearance). She also returns in a Worst Lyrics of September 2011 to comment on two ("tokyo diamonds!" and "I like them black, white, Puerto Rican, or Haitian Like [[GlobalIgnorance Japanese, Chinese, or even Asian!]]") and Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" as a "[[DistaffCounterpart Female Rap Critic]]".
** [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Bhargav]], {{Creator/Demoversi}}, WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, [[WebVideo/WhatWeHadToWatch Il Neige]], and WebVideo/DiamandaHagan all have cameos in his crossover with Creator/MarcMues.
** As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic had reviewed ''Film/{{Kazaam}}'', the Rap Critic tried to get him for a ''Shaq Diesel'' crossover. It doesn't work.
** He offers Creator/MarcMues a rhyme in his ''Worst 6 Pop Songs of 2011'' video.
** Long cameo in the ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' episode for ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', explaining to Oancitizen who RZA is, and [[spoiler: at the end, giving a 2/5 to Kyle's rap]]. Oan too assists with Rap Critic's review of "Picasso Baby" by Music/JayZ.
** Provides a voice-over cameo in [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]]'s review of ''Film/TheMarine'' as a sitcom narrator.
** He provided an explanation of Music/VanillaIce's career for [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's review]] of Ice's biographical comic. He notably did this ''after'' going on break to work on his album.
* CatchPhrase:
-->"Let's talk about (Artist Du Jour)"\\
(His early reviews) "I'm the Rap Critic. I analyze the rhymes, cause no one else does."\\
(After joining [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses TGWTG]]) "You don't have to like my opinion, but I don't have to like your song."
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Does this in "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard... this Month" for September 2011.
--->'''Young Dro''': Tokyo Diamonds, CHOI-OI-OI-OING\\
'''Animetalchick''': This is ridiculous.\\
'''Rap Critic''': Yeah, diamonds don't come from Japan! \\
'''Animetalchick''': (DeathGlare) \\
'''Rap Critic''': ([[OhCrap Looks scared]]) [[DefensiveWhat What...?]]
* ClusterFBomb: Complained about the one which kicks off "Hustlin'".
** Drops one himself while reviewing "I Don't F--- With You" by Big Sean after losing patience with the sheer repetitiveness of the song.
* CringeComedy: Although he's often the only person in his VideoReviewShow, he still manages to do this in his review of "Whatta Man" by Salt 'N Pepa.
* {{Crossover}}:
** With WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows for "It Wasn't Me", and the Animetalchick in a "Worst Lyrics" battle between rap and metal.
*** And again to review [[Music/KanyeWest Runaway]].
*** The Rap Critic ended up doing a cameo appearance for Todd's Best Songs of 2012 video, collaborated with him to review Music/SnoopDogg and Wiz Khalifa's Mac & Devin Go To High School, and then had an appearance in Todd's review on Music/AliciaKeys' "Girl on Fire" just to help Todd with the AWildRapperAppears in Music/NickiMinaj. What makes this notable was that it was for three straight Todd videos in a row that he had appeared in![[note]]When Todd lampshaded that fact in "Girl on Fire" one too many times, Rap Critic gave him a DeathGlare.[[/note]]
*** He and Todd jointly review Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist", which eventually devolves into an argument over who makes the song suck, with the Rap Critic saying Music/LLCoolJ's guest lyrics ruin the message, while Todd claims that it's Brad Paisley's fault for coming up with the idea in the first place.
** With Creator/MarcMues for "Raise Up" and ''Music/SouljaBoy: TheMovie''.
** Pops up frequently enough in the ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' review of ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' given the films context and score by The RZA to be more than just a cameo. Especially as he winds up [[spoiler:reviewing Oancitizen's Rap-Analysis of the film and director Creator/JimJarmusch's style, Oan gets a 2 out of 5.]]
** He teamed up with [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] to review the 50 Cent movie "Set Up".
* CurseCutShort: In the "Anaconda" review, when he gets tired of listening to the song, and just wants it to end. "END THE FU--*cut away* Overall, I'd give this..."
* DamnedByFaintPraise: From the "We Dem Boyz" review:
-->'''Rap Critic:''' Heck, I liked Young, Wild, and Free! *other Wiz Khalifa songs appear on-screen* And... eh... I... uh... er... uh, well, I liked Young, Wild, and Free.
* DeadpanSnarker: Often.
-->'''Nelly:''' Your body is bangin' momma but where your brains at?\\
-->'''Rap Critic:''' You say that as if you care.
* DeathGlare: He's a master.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: From his very first review, of Music/DrDre and Music/SnoopDogg's "Nothin' But a G Thang":
--> "There's no creativity, there's no focus, and there's no... focus."
* DontExplainTheJoke: Music/NickiMinaj [[AvertedTrope averts]] this in one of The Worst Lyrics of 2014, much to his exasperation:
--> '''Nicki Minaj:''' ''I don't duck[[labelnote:*]]duct[[/labelnote]] nobody, but tape...''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' Eh, that was kinda clever.\\
'''Nicki Minaj:''' ''YEAH! That was a setup...''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' Uuhh...\\
'''Nicki Minaj:''' ''For a punchline...''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' Grrrr...\\
'''Nicki Minaj:''' ''On duct[[labelnote:*]]duck[[/labelnote]] tape!''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' GRRRR!
** In the ''Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard... This Month (July 2013)'' episode, the RC tries to stop Music/JayZ from explaining the joke to no avail.
--> '''Jay-Z:''' '''Cause I kill at will like [[Music/IceCube solid water]], dude!''
--> '''Rap Critic:''' (''shows the cover of the'' Kill at Will ''album'') "[[IncrediblyLamePun Solid water]]"? Really?
--> '''Jay-Z:''' ''Y'all niggas don't get it...''
--> '''Rap Critic:''' OK, we got it.
--> '''Jay-Z:''' Kill at Will?
--> '''Rap Critic:''' OK, we get it, it's not that funny...
--> '''Jay-Z:''' ''Solid water?''
--> '''Rap Critic:''' Yes, '''thank you!'''
--> '''Jay-Z:''' ''Music/IceCube!''
* EpicFail: His opinion of Rick Ross's confusing of Expedia (the traveling website) and {{Wiki/Wikipedia}}, and Nelly's lyric "Shake it like a [[CriticalResearchFailure parapalegic]].''
* EndingFatigue: Says Mack Maine's verse (or outro) on Young Money's "Every Girl" qualifies as this because it broke the three verse structure and didn't add to the song. [[invoked]]
* EnforcedPlug: His album ''Polarity Switch'' at the end of the "Death of Autotune" review.
* EpilepticTrees: An InUniverse example in his review of Birthday Song by 2Chainz.
--> Why did 2Chainz order a clown for his birthday anyway? And was that kid from earlier also supposed to be 2Chainz? Is this some sort of weird time warp dimension where 2Chainz went back in the past and crashed his own 10th birthday party or something? Maybe that's it. Maybe 2Chainz is causing a rift in time and space and that's why all these anomalies are happening. Like stripper origami here, or... whatever muscle spasms this gentlemen seems to be suffering.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: His list of the top nine worst lyrics of 2016 has him wrapping up by putting the entirety of B.o.B.'s "Flatline" at #1. His discussion of the song's failings culminates in a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at {{conspiracy theorist}}s, accusing them of poisoning the discourse such that actual problems with government and corporate corruption and malfeasance can't be discussed rationally without being lumped in with raving lunatics. He then realizes what he just said...
-->"In fact, if I didn't know any better, I'd think that... oh my God. These conspiracy nuts are a plant by evil corporations! They're there to make any actual criticism of the effects of their tyranny look crazy! Oh my God, it's the perfect plan! To keep your mind occupied by fantasy that tells you that you're powerless, and misdirect people out there who want to be socially aware with gobbledygook about the Earth being flat! Because, y'know, ''that's'' what's ruining society! Listen to me, people! All you flat-earthers and 9/11 truthers out there, stop focusing your energy on this bulls**t! Remove the wool from over your eyes and realize that you should be using your energy to protest actual corrupt stuff like, like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, or pushing for better police training! Stop talking about the weather machines or pizza parties or whatever bulls**t you're actually thinking about! That's just what the Illumi-Nazis or the Build-a-Bear Corporation want you to think! ''Open your eyes, sheeple!!!''"
* {{Facepalm}}: His reaction to "Ass (Remix)" by Big Sean. He needs a moment before he can make any comments.
--> [[Music/LilWayne "La-la-la-la-la-la like a lollipop"]]
* FauxSymbolism: InUniverse. He and Mues debate the meaning of Nazi imagery in the Nicki Minaj Lyric Video "Only." After wondering what the third reich has to do with the Minaj/Drake/Lil' Wayne love triangle, they conclude that it's all just to look cool.
* SugarWiki/FavoriteTrope: [[BadassBaritone In addition to being one himself, he really likes baritones]]. He gives both [[Music/{{Eminem}} Fast Lane]] and [[Music/FiftyCent 21 Questions]] props for picking baritones to do the hook, with the latter case being done by Nate Dogg himself.
* FlatWhat: His reaction to the lyric, "[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext I got your grandma on my dick]]" in Tyga's song "Rack City."
* FlippingTheTable: Literally in the music video for "[[http://blip.tv/rapcritic/oh-my-god-music-video-by-masta-artisan-6611453 Oh My God]].
* ForcedMeme: Brought up as a joke in his "Swimming Pools (Drank)" review. He wonders why no one has turned it into an internet meme yet and volunteers to get it started.
-->'''Rap Critic:''' Realize the inability for this meme to catch on. *DRANK.*
* FunWithSubtitles: Whenever the lyrics are overtly stupid, the caption reads something along the line of *lyrics are too insulting to my intellect to type*...
** EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: ...and when they are unintelligible, they read "?". Mystikal combines this with attempts to [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein trying to get lyrics other than "I came in here with my dick in my hand!"]]
*** ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In ''Shaq Diesel'', a particularly garbled song is interrupted with "*you don't pay me enough to do this...*"
*** Also, during Tech [=N9NE=]'s MotorMouth lyrics, it says "what do you expect me to do here?", explaining that it's hard to type and the editing software can't paste text.
*** This occurs multiple times in his review of "Lifestyle".
** In the Worst Lyrics of September 2011, the "Owned by [Record Label]" gets this twice: "Rubberband Banks" is "owned by label that's owned by [[MusicIsPolitics one of the Big Four REAL record companies that own all the music you listen to]]" and "Balla Baby" is "[[TakeThat ...well, I'm not sure if ANYONE wants to take credit for this...]]".
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: InUniverse, Todd and the Critic argued that the cheated girlfriend on "It Wasn't Me" was following the action so closely that she probably wanted to be a part of it. And said the cheater would be a lucky guy for this!
** In his cameo on WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' "Girl On Fire," his reaction to the spirit of Creator/MarilynMonroe inviting Music/NickiMinaj into her bed: "Niiiice!" (Which immediately turns to horror when said spirit apparently starts asking Nicki to commit suicide with her.)
** {{Averted|Trope}} in the Mac and Devin Go To High School review, again with WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows. At one point, Mac rejects the advances of two girls because [[SatelliteLoveInterest he's supposedly fallen for the teacher from earlier.]] They ask Mac what they're supposed to do, and Mac suggests "each other." The girls promptly start making out. RC's reaction:
--> "I'm not sure what I'm more offended by--how sexist that was, or that it wasn't even a LITTLE hot."
* GoldDigger: Notices that the singer in "Santa Baby" takes this UpToEleven, as she would rather have a ''platinum mine'' instead.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation:
** In the "Hustlin'" review, after Rick Ross rhymes "twenty-two" with "twenty-two" ''seven times''.
** And after the TruckDriversGearChange in "Just Can't Get Enough".
* GotMeDoingIt: Butting heads with Oancitizen over the themes of ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai''.
-->'''Rap Critic:''' Don't you even ''care'' that this movie -- the first to feature a score by a major rap artist -- created a major step toward solidifying the hip-hop aesthetic as a cultural, viable expression to an artistic crowd?! ''(beat)'' Damn, started to sound like you for a second."\\
'''Oan:''' It happens.
* HellBentForLeather: His jacket.
* HeroicBSOD: After listening to Rick Ross' "Hustlin'".
** After hearing {{Music/Drake}}'s line quoted under TooMuchInformation below, he [[TemptingFate decides to end the review by]] [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow watching TV...]]
* HopeSpot: In his review of "Lifestyle" by Rich Gang, he sees a few bars about how Young Thug wants to do this so he can benefit his family, but then it goes back to the bragging and talking about hoes in the next verse.
* HorrorHost: As (the frequently in-and-out-of-character) Black Thunder, the Ghost of Isaac Hayes.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Music/{{Eminem}} rapping "Now I would never dis my own mama just to get recognition" earns ''five'' hostile lyrics against Shady's mom.
** He calls Music/FiftyCent out on this in his review of "21 Questions", in terms of both his rivalry with Ja Rule over his RatedGForGangsta image (only to craft one for himself not long after) and his mockery of Music/KanyeWest for using AutoTune (only to go on to use it on his next album).
* HypocriticalHumor:
** In the "It Was a Good Day" review, when he tells Music/IceCube that he should cook his own breakfast since he's like 24 at the time of the video - and then yelling "Hey Mom, where's my breakfast?!"
** In the "Just Can't Get Enough" review, Animetalchick cameos to mention that she was offended by the song quoting "Me Love You Long Time" from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', then claims InterchangeableAsianCultures.
* LargeHam
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter:
** Addressed in his "Death of Autotune" review, where he notes he ''does'' rap.
** One of the songs from his album also is basically about how much better he is than the people he criticizes.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Fucking" by David Banner has explicit lyrics with multiple f-bombs and a smooth R&B sound. It gets to the point where leads to PoesLaw territory. You'd think the censored version would be less unintentionally comedic by having less dissonance. But it's actually worse ([[SoBadItsGood or possibly better]]) [[invoked]] in that regard.
** In "Top 6 Most Haunting Songs in Hip-Hop", he cites this trope as the reason "[[Music/GetoBoys Mind Playing Tricks On Me]]" is not placed higher. It is about ghetto paranoia, yet the song uses a fairly upbeat instrumental typical of the era.
* MelismaticVocals: Hilariously parodied in the beginning of his Rap-Lib of 'Put It In Your Mouth'.
* MoodWhiplash:
** He calls this on {{Music/Drake}}'s "Best I Ever Had", which goes from [[SillyLoveSongs love song]] to [[IntercourseWithYou sex song]]. He illustrates by juxtaposing a clip from The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" with a clip from Music/NineInchNails' "Closer".
** He calls this on Music/LilWayne's lyrics in "Every Girl", similarly illustrating it by combining a clip from Music/{{Prince}}'s "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" with Music/SnoopDogg and Music/LilJon's "Step Ya Game Up".
** He criticizes the whiplash between the verses and chorus of Terror Squad's "Lean Back", and illustrates by combining the verse of Music/TupacShakur's "Brenda's Got a Baby" with the chorus of a song by Shawty Put.
** Intentional on his album ''Rapper's Liebe''. "It's Alright, It's Okay" is about the protagonist telling a girl that just rejected him he's okay with it. The Next Song, "Oh My God", reveals how he actually feels:
--->Once again, this crap keeps happenin'\\
feeling like I took four shots to the abdomen\\
'cause every time I think I've come across some divine luck\\
Reality reminds me how much life sucks
** He invokes it in his Best of 2015 list. After picking the incredibly somber [[Music/LupeFiasco "Madonna [And Other Mothers in the Hood]"]] as his #4, he punks the audience into thinking he put [[Music/{{Drake}} "Hotline Bling"]] at #3 to lighten the mood a bit. [[spoiler: It turns out his actual #3 (Pusha T's "Untouchable") is just as dark.]]
--->'''The Rap Critic''': "[[ShockingSwerve I firmly believe ('Hotline Bling') may well be the next level of where rap is going this generation and]] [[{{Troll}} I wish I could see the LOOKS ON YOUR FACES!]] '''''[[{{Troll}} AAAAAHAHAHAHA!]]'''''"
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: On "Just Can't Get Enough", he says that the monkeys need to be hired, as they could write a line better than "Love lovey, yeah you know you are my demon".
* MyGodYouAreSerious: During Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boys."
-->'''The Rap Critic''': "That is not the chorus.... Dear God, ''that is the chorus.''"
* {{Narm}}:
** InUniverse, He breaks out into hysterics after hearing Rick Ross' verse "[[{{Music/Devo}} Whip it, whip it real hard]]"... both times.
** Also, when he hears Music/MasterP's "I Miss My Homies" (specially because he expected a somber theme... and got a [[LyricalDissonance kinda cheery tune]] with a "FrankensteinsMonster moan") he laughs so much he stops talking about it.
** Has a similar reaction to Music/TPain's "Rap Song" after hearing him say "And I'mma do you like [[Music/KanyeWest Kanye]] and [[NeverLiveItDown I'mma let]] [[MemeticMutation you finish]]".
* NeverLiveItDown:[[invoked]] Whenever the Critic does a review of a Music/LilWayne song, you can bet he will ''always'' bring up his early-career [[BadassBoast proclamation]] that he is the "best rapper alive" and...failing to live up to it, shall we say.
* NiceHat: He sports one in most of his episodes. If he doesn't have it, he'll usually mourn its loss.
* NoJustNoReaction: He gives this expression several times, including:
** When choosing a Music/LilWayne song and coming across "A Milli".
** At the line in "The Jump Off" where Music/LilKim [[SophisticatedAsHell tells listeners of his race to pollute their britches by the mere presence of her and Timbaland.]]
** Topping off his review of "Hustlin'".
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** This little gem.
--->'''Rap Critic''': "So let's see what this 'Young Thug' has to say."
--->'''Young Thug''': "[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} PIKACHU!]]"
--->'''Rap Critic''': "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Oh no, please, allow him to elaborate.]]"
** And from his "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard June 2014"
--->'''Rap Critic''': "So please, Mr. Glasses, tell us why this song is called-"
--->'''Glasses Malone''': "Treat it like [[DomesticAbuse #Rihanna]]! [[DoubleEntendre Beat it up! Beat it up!]] 'Cause playin' with the pu**y ain't enough, [[DudeNotFunny I'mma treat it like Rihanna!]]"
--->'''Rap Critic''': "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yep.]] You heard that right. But wait, [[ButWaitTheresMore allow him to clarify.]]"
** A more positive example comes from his review of "I'm Outstanding" from Shaq Diesel:
--->'''Rap Critic''': "Actually though this song is surprisingly really good. It serves as a mini-autobiography about Shaq growing up poor and being inspired to become a good basketball player, and following his dreams to one day be likened to his idol Dr. J. And you know the best part? [[SincerityMode I'm not kidding]]."
* NotSoDifferent: In his comparison of "[[Music/{{Drake}} Started From The Bottom]]" to "[[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Juicy]]", he realises that despite his complaint that "Started From The Bottom" has an attention seeking producer who stalls the flow of the track, "Juicy" has a similar problem and may even be one of the TropeMakers.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In his review of David Banner's ''Certified'', he notes that in real life, David Banner comes off as a lot more intelligent and that he seems to purposely be playing up rap stereotypes to [[MoneyDearBoy sell more records]].
* [[ObligatorySwearing Obligatory Frontin']]: In his review for "Always On Time", he notes that Ja Rule constantly boasts about how hardcore he is, even when the song in question is a smooth R'n'B number.
* [[invoked]]OnceAcceptableTargets: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in his "Racist Cartoons" video. He concludes Part 1 by saying that the reason why these cartoons are appalling is not only because the cartoonists have a skewed perspective of black people and culture, but because they demonstrate a lack of knowledge in how humor works. He states that comedy works best when punching up, not down, as it's more satisfying seeing high figures (like politicians) brought down a peg rather than the disenfranchised (like minorities) looked down upon.
* OnlySaneMan: Among the weird and wacky characters of Website/ChannelAwesome he stands out as just a regular guy with a love for rap music.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [=RC=] hardly ever cusses in his reviews (the musicians he reviews already do it enough for him), but when 2Chainz compares himself to [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]], he loses it.
-->"WHAT THE [[PrecisionFStrike F*CK]] DID THIS [[NWordPrivileges N*GGA]] JUST SAY?!" *[[PeopleFallOffChairs falls backwards off his chair]]*
** Usually, the Rap Critic approaches his reviews with an air of dry sarcasm. But when his "Worst Lyrics of 2014" video has a song by Music/LupeFiasco, RC's reaction to the entry is ''legitimate confusion'' that Lupe Fiasco could make a song that bad.
--> "Lu, what the hell are you doing?....''What is going on here?''"
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "Here are the worst lyrics I've ever heard. This month."
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope in the What's Luv review. He says that Fat Joe is a decent rapper who had the bad luck of being a frequent collaborator with [[Music/BigPun Big Punisher]]. It got to the point when during his earlier review of Lean Back, he claimed that Big Pun was the leader of Terror Squad, and Fat Joe took over after his death when in reality Joe was always the leader. He corrects this mistake while admitting his surprise of it in What's Luv.
* PanderingToTheBase: Invoked. In the "Whatta Man" review, [[TalkingToHimself someone "else"]] [[InUniverse says]] he's not really critiquing the song and just pandering to the ladies by showing he knows a thing or two about relationships. To which the Rap Critic agrees and then starts hitting on his female viewers. It gets pretty awkward.
* PetPeeveTrope: InUniverse He has a few:
** PainfulRhyme
-->"I need to find a rhyme for the word I just put at the end of this line, that will work in the context of the next line. [[AngstDissonance But that sounds hard!]]"
** PissTakeRap
** ProductPlacement: [[HypocriticalHumor Once he reacts with a plug of his own record.]]
*** In ''The Worst Lyrics of 2014'', the RC got very upset at P. Diddy for name-dropping his brand of vodka in a song against police brutality towards black people.
---> '''P. Diddy:''' ''Yo, come on, we gotta stick together; we all we got!''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' Yeah!\\
'''P. Diddy:''' ''Police taking shots [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial and I ain't talkin' 'bout Cîroc]]!''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' Yea– ({{Beat}}) You [[PrecisionFStrike f***ing]] disgust me.
** RhymingWithItself
*** Having both verses end on the last four bars. He is especially hard on {{Music/Pitbull}}'s "Timber" for this.
** Shallow parodies that rely on StylisticSuck rather than saying something about the music it's parodying. It's the major reason why [[Music/LupeFiasco "Pussy"]] ended up on his Worst of 2014 list.
** As mentioned above, AutoTune when used in rap.
** SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion, mainly for when it's done out of sheer laziness rather than trying to use it for an actual clever design choice such as with Music/TwentyOnePilots.
* PoesLaw: InUniverse.
** "Show Me" by Kid Ink ft. Music/ChrisBrown is based on a pick-up line so ineffective that he wonders if they're trying to parody the corny pick-up lines in songs by taking it to Seinfeldian levels and having a pick-up line about nothing. But then he realizes that's too existential for them.
** He says that David Banner's album, ''Certified'' is such an exaggeratedly stereotypical rap album that it's hard to tell whether or not one should take it seriously at the beginning. During the "Fucking" song, he says that it's so over the top that you'd think it was a parody, but no no they're serious.
* ThePoorMansSubstitute: InUniverse example. Rap Critic is this for WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick calls him "Not Todd" in their crossover review of Creator/WillSmith's rap career.
** He accidentally calls himself "Not Todd" during the same review, and immediately lampshades it.
* PrecisionFStrike: When he does one of these, it's VERY noticeable, since he tends to dislike unnecessary cussing. But sometimes, he just has to [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness break his usual polite manner]] and vent with an f-bomb.
** His reaction to a line in Waka Flocka Flame's "O Let's Do It" referencing lynching and shooting a guy for talking bad about him. The other times he swears in the series could be counted on one hand.
-->'''Rap Critic:''' What the [[SoundEffectBleep ***]] is wrong with you?"
** Gives a proper, uncensored one in his "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard...This Year (2013)" review, in which he tells Music/LilWayne that "there's a ''fucking'' limit" to how far you can take sexual hyperbole after Wayne compares having rough sex to the death of Emmett Till.
** He does another censored one at the end of his review of "Show Me": "You don't have to like my opinion, but *** this song!"
** The OOCIsSeriousBusiness example above. Not only an f-bomb, but an [[NWordPrivileges n-bomb]] as well.
** Drops one at the end of his review of Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz", after savaging the song for being lazy, uninspired tripe:
-->'''Music video girl:''' Oh my gosh, that was amazing!
-->'''Rap Critic:''' NO IT '''FUCKING''' WASN'T!
* RageBreakingPoint: In his review of "I Don't F--- With You" by Big Sean, the Rap Critic is trying to be patient with Big Sean's [[BrokenRecord trademark repetitiveness]]. But then his patience runs out.
--> '''The Rap Critic''': "Shut the [[SoundEffectBleep f**k]] up! Shut the f**k up, Big Sean, [[ClusterFBomb shut the f**k up!]]"
** And at the end of Anaconda, when the lyrical content (which he found to be terrible) was over, but the beat continued pointlessly after.
--> '''The Rap Critic''': "Even the engineer is trying to cut you off. End the song. End the song. ''End the [[CurseCutShort fuc-]]''"
* {{Retreaux}}: He [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv2bs8A9Gr8 reviews]] Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive's "The Message" in the style of an early-80's public access TV show, going by the name of "The Hip-Hop Analyst."
* RunningGag: No one else from TGWTG knowing who he is, or mistaking him for WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, or kicking him out of their reviews.
-->'''Rap Critic:''' What do you mean 'who am I'? We're both on the same site! I've been on Channel Awesome longer than ''you'' have! I'm the Rap Critic!\\
'''Oan:''' ''({{beat}})'' OH, yes, yes, yes. ...So, uh, what do you do?\\
'''Rap Critic:''' ''(DeathGlare)''
** His use of the "How romantic!" clip from ''Disney/TheAristocats'' as a reaction to something decidedly ''un''romantic in an alleged love song.
** If Music/LilWayne comes up, he ''will'' mention (with disbelief) that Wayne is the most popular rapper in America.
-->'''Rap Critic:''' Ladies and gentlemen of the mainstream audience, your best rapper alive.
** Also, Lil Wayne's lack of skill with a guitar.
** Exasperation at cliche brags from rappers about being able to steal his girlfriend.
** Defenestration tends to pop up a lot in Rap Libs.
** Keeping a Music/LupeFiasco CD handy for when he needs to [[BrainBleach cleanse his brain]] of a particularly stupid lyric.
** Naively assuming that a great performer will break sales records and chart highly on the Billboard. He is always sorely disappointed.
* ScareChord: Used to do this whenever he [[BrokeTheRatingScale Breaks The Rating Scale]]. When he gave a 6 out of 5 (for "No Love" by {{Music/Eminem}} and Music/LilWayne), he even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the ScareChord by telling it to shut up.
* SarcasmFailure: In the ''Worst lyrics I've heard…'' of 2012, he gets to Eminem's "Cleanin' Out my Closet" and the line "I would never diss my own mother just to get recognition". The lines is replayed three times, and every time RC tries but fails to make any comment. In the end he responds by playing various lines in Em's songs that contradict the above line.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He teams up with Mues to review their top ten least favorite Eminem songs. When "Just Lose It" shows up on the countdown Rap Critic flatly states that if we want to know his opinion on this record that we should watch his old review because he refused to subject himself to the song. Mues is caught off guard by this and gets revenge before moving on to the next song.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor / HypocriticalHumor:
** He often makes fun of his show's low production values.
** In the "No Love" review, he at one point compares his position on TGWTG to the TokenMinority in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''. He frequently gets short cameos when someone wants to say something about black stereotypes in a work, but rather has a black person say it.
** Most of his TGWTG {{crossover}} reviews start with the other reviewer either totally failing to recognize him as a fellow contributor, or trying to weasel out of doing the review with him, or both.
* SharedUniverse: As a member of Channel Awesome, and also because of his various cameos and crossovers, he's automatically part of the Reviewaverse.
* ShoutOut: Recommends Music/TechN9ne in a few videos.
** Mentions Music/LupeFiasco quite frequently, as well.
** Music/KendrickLamar is also now a favorite.
** In a more standard kind of Shout-Out, his build-up to the #2 worst lyric of 2014 has him attempt to guess which famous rap artists will appear, only to discover that, shall we say, only less-than-preferable artists bothered to show up for the song designed to call attention to a very important issue...in a manner very similar to WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows' review of We Are the World 25 for Haiti.
* {{Squick}}: [[invoked]]
-->'''Lil Wayne''': She wanna be Weezy F. babysitter/ Say she wish she cut off my dick and take it with her.\\
'''Rap Critic''': [[NoJustNoReaction Ahhhh....]]
** After hearing Mack Maine's "I exchange V-Cards (virginity) with the retards" lyric in "Every Girl" he's so grossed out he abruptly ends the review [[SarcasmFailure and doesn't attempt to snark at it]].
** Some of the lyrics found in Ghostface Killah's songs in his Top 9 Strangest Ghostface Killah Lyrics video involve this, especially when they go further down the line.
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "I'm The Rap Critic. You don't have to like my opinion, but I don't have to like your song."
* SophisticatedAsHell: He seems to speak like this in general. But considering that he discusses Hip-Hop records using an intelligent and analytic tone it pretty much enforces this speaking style.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After mocking the romantic lines in Music/{{Drake}}'s "Best I Ever Had":
--> '''Rap Critic''': I'm not mad because I don't have a girlfriend! Where did you get that idea?
** In ''The Worst Lyrics of 2014'', P. Diddy claims in "Don't Shoot" that he "ain't talkin' 'bout Cîroc," but the RC points out that he mentioned his brand of vodka so people would hear about it.
* SoundtrackDissonance: On his livestreams, RC plays games like VideGame/GrandTheftAutoV and VideoGame/Injustice2 while listening to happy pop music.
* TakeThat: "Oh Really" is an entire song dedicated to criticizing rappers that are "gangsta" and their over-saturation.
* TemptingFate: After "Hey Soul Sister"'s "So gangsta, I'm so thug", he says "Next, there's gonna be an Asian pop group who says they're gangsta too". Cut to a similar line of "Like a G6"...
** And during his review of "Women Lie, Men Lie":
--> '''Rap Critic''': At least he's not doing something really annoying, like you know, just repeating a phrase like rappers seem to be doing nowadays, I mean he definitely wouldn't do that especially now that I pointed out-
--> '''Yo Gotti''': ''Headed on this choppa tool/Headed on this choppa tool''
** ''Completely averted'' with his review of Lil Wayne and Eminem's "No Love" - after Lil Wayne's verse which he finds amazing, he gets to Eminem's chorus and keeps saying it's going to disappoint him, which it doesn't. Then the verse comes and the same thing happens and he ends up giving the song a ''6 out of 5'', one of two songs he's reviewed to get that honor.
** In his review of Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen", he expresses relief that the song does not use the "stealing your girlfriend" cliche, just before the song brings it up in the final few lines.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Commented on in his Music/SouljaBoy review.
-->''All up in my face/I'm startin' to get mad''\\
'''Rap Critic:''' ''(monotone)'' And you can really tell by how angry I sound.
* [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The Letter Knew You Would Say That]]: In his review of J-Kwon's "Tipsy", the Critic receives a letter from the Hip Hop Community stating that "dissing" (i.e. making any kind of negative remark about) a rapper is punishable by Hip Hop Law and that other rappers from major labels may band against him.
--> '''Rap Critic:''' I'm not even that famous yet! I mean, J-Kwon, I mean, he's completely irrelevant!\\
'''Letter:''' You underestimate the power of a rap beef.\\
'''Rap Critic:''' ({{Beat}}) The paper with the ability to respond to my statements is right!
* TheTeamNormal: Has pretty much the most simplistic set-up on the site, tied with WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows.
* TokenMinority: According to a commentary, he used the clip from ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' to lampshade his own status on the site.
* TooMuchInformation: His reaction to {{Music/Drake}} saying "My shirt ain't got no stripes but I can make your pussy whistle, like [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow the Andy Griffith theme song]]!"
* TopTenList: He does a "Top 9 Worst Rhymes of 2010". And explaining the number, he does a reverse of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's explanation/[[UpToEleven number]].
-->Why Top 9? Because I like to take it one step below, in honor to the subpar, underachieving lyrics we're about to face.
** To continue with the Top 9 worst lyrics for every year since 2010, he has also done "Top 8 Best Rap Songs" for every year, starting with 2011 as well. The first explaination for why it's top 8 involved him saying that Music/{{Adele}} is not a rapper, while the second one involves how everyone expects a Top 10 these days.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: In his ''The Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard of 2012'', he expresses {{Squick}} at one of the song's ("Pretty Girl's Shake It") chorus.
--> '''The Rap Critic''': "...how ''old'' is this kid? No no no, I don't even want to hear the verse. Listen. Let me make one ''unmistakably'' clear - I don't want to hear a five-year-old kid telling pretty girls to 'shake it' and that 'he likes it like that.'"
* ViewersAreMorons: When he discovers that Little Brother's "Lovin' It" was banned from BET for being "too intelligent" for their target audience, he isn't exactly thrilled.
* WhatTheHellHero: In his "Worst Lyrics of 2012", he does this to Music/NickiMinaj for not trying and to her fans for buying music from her that had no effort put into it.
** In his "Worst Lyrics of 2014", Music/LupeFiasco - whom the Rap Critic still has a lot of respect for - was #3. The Rap Critic's reaction to the song was at first [[LogicBomb complete confusion]] but then he calls him out for it.
-->'''Rap Critic''': "Okay, stop. Stop. ''What is going on here?'' This is just ''bad.'' Unfocused, repetitive, and ''bad.''"
* WordSaladLyrics: Some songs he reviews and the Rap-Libs.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Believe it or not, he's a whole two years younger than [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]], making The Rap Critic TGWTG's youngest main contributor. The guy can easily pass for mid-twenties, early thirties. It's the [[BadassBaritone much deeper voice]] that does it.