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Analogy Backfire: In the David Banner review, after David Banner's line, "I beat it like Mike when he 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 Drake's "Best I Ever Had" could also mean that this girl is waiting for Drake while he's busy with somebody else.
In "Top 5 Worst Lyrics- Aug 2014", Nelly manages to make it at #1 with the sentence "Shake it like a paraplegic." While Rick Ross came a close second with the line "I'm the biggest rapper alive, google me, expedia." Expedia's a travel site.
Angry Black Man: 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 has become.
He refused to give a rating for "Loyal" because that would mean he would he have to actually acknowledge Chris Brown as a legit rapper.
Broken Aesop: 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".
Broken Pedestal: Devoted a large chunk of his "Worst Lyrics of 2012" video to explaining why Nicki Minaj's recent work has disappointed him so much.
"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 TGWTG) "You don't have to like my opinion, but I don't have to like your song."
The Rap Critic ended up doing a cameo appearance for Todd's Best Songs of 2012 video, collaborated with him to review Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's Mac & Devin Go To High School, and then had an appearance in Todd's review on Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" just to help Todd with the A Wild Rapper Appears in Nicki Minaj. 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 Death Glare.
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 LL Cool J'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.
"There's no creativity, there's no focus, and there's no... focus."
Epic Fail: His opinion of Rick Ross's confusing of Expedia (the traveling website) and Wikipedia, and Nelly's lyric "Shake it like a parapalegic.''
Ending Fatigue: 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
Enforced Plug: His album Polarity Switch at the end of the "Death of Autotune" review.
Epileptic Trees: An in-universe 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.
Facepalm: His reaction to "Ass (Remix)" by Big Sean. He needs a moment before he can make any comments.
Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: 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 Todd in the Shadows' "Girl On Fire," his reaction to the spirit of Marilyn Monroe inviting Nicki Minaj into her bed: "Niiiice!" (Which immediately turns to horror when said spirit apparently starts asking Nicki to commit suicide with her.)
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.
Eminem rapping "Now I would never dis my own mama just to get recognition" earns five hostile lyrics against Shady's mom.
He calls 50 Cent out on this in his review of "21 Questions", in terms of both his rivalry with Ja Rule over his Rated G for Gangsta image (only to craft one for himself not long after) and his mockery of Kanye West for using Auto-Tune (only to go on to use it on his next album).
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.
Lyrical Dissonance: "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 Poe's Law territory. You'd think the censored version would be less unintentionally comedic by having less dissonance. But it's actually worse (or possibly better) invoked in that regard.
Melismatic Vocals: Hilariously parodied in the beginning of his Rap-Lib of 'Put It In Your Mouth'.
He also calls this on Lil Wayne's lyrics in "Every Girl", similarly illustrating it by combining a clip from Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" with Snoop Dogg and Lil Jon'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 Tupac Shakur'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
Monkeys on a Typewriter: 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".
Obfuscating Stupidity: 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 sell more records.
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.
OOC Is Serious Business: RC hardly ever cusses in his reviews(the musicians he reviews already do it enough for him), but when 2Chainz compares himself to 2Pac, he loses it.
Overshadowed by Awesome: He 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 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.
Pandering to the Base: Invoked. In the "Whatta Man" review, someone "else"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.
"Show Me" by Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown 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.
Gives a proper, uncensored one in his "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard...This Year (2013)" review, in which he tells Lil Wayne 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!"
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:(Death Glare)
His use of the "How romantic!" clip from The Aristocats as a reaction to something decidedly unromantic in an alleged love song.
If Lil Wayne 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.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: 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.
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 Token Minority in Not Another Teen Movie. 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.
Rap Critic: I'm not mad because I don't have a girlfriend! Where did you get that idea?
Take That: "Oh Really" is an entire song dedicated to criticizing rappers that are "gangsta" and their over-saturation.
Tempting Fate: 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.
All up in my face/I'm startin' to get mad Rap Critic:(monotone) And you can really tell by how angry I sound.
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: The paper with the ability to respond to my statements is right!
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 Adele is not a rapper, while the second one involves how everyone expects a Top 10 these days.
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.'"
Viewers Are Morons: 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.
What the Hell, Hero?: In his "Worst Lyrics of 2012", he does this to Nicki Minaj for not trying and to her fans for buying music from her that had no effort put into it.
Younger Than They Look: Believe it or not, he's a whole two years younger than Film Brain, making The Rap Critic TGWTG's youngest main contributor. The guy can easily pass for mid-twenties, early thirties.