YMMV: The Rap Critic

  • Critical Research Failure: Lampshaded when he reviews a lyric from Nelly in the Worst Lyrics of August 2014 video.
    Nelly: "Shake it like a parapalegic, please believe it!"
    Rap Critic: *stunned* "Oh, wow, dude, you just got that one wrong, didn't you?"
  • Fridge Logic: Plenty in the songs he reviews.
  • Growing the Beard: His early episodes focused on picking on bad lyrics and the Fridge Logic of the songs. Over time however the show became more about analysing the messages of songs as well as discussing the social context of the messages portrayed, while poking fun at bad lyrics was toned down and given it's own separate segment in "Top X Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the "Top 10 Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard...This Year (2013)" video, he pokes fun at Migos referring to doing cocaine as Hannah Montana by making up a song that goes "The Wiggles, The Wiggles, The Wiggles, The Wiggles! When this song comes on, it makes her ass do the wiggles!". Bizarrely, Jason Derulo would come out with a song that would refer to Shaking the Rump as "Wiggle" as well.
    • Lampshaded when it comes to his review of Swimming Pools. At the end of the review, he laments that the song has not achieved mainstream success. At the end of the next video however, he points out that the song did become popular, charting well between the two videos, thus making his previous complaining pointless.
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: He is generally against this, as he argues that rap's usage of this trope has saturated the scene and overshadows songs with legitimate messages. He says that every artist that gets some time in the limelight should do something worthwhile with that time. That said, he does use this defence for Lil Jon due to the large amount of enthusiasm Lil Jon displays on his songs.
  • Unfortunate Implications: His review of "Anaconda" has tons of this. While his opinion on production and wordplay is valid, him basically calling Nick Minaj "another video hoe" is just comes off as being really shitty.
  • Values Resonance: After explaining some of the plot in Do the Right Thing in his "Fight the Power" review, he finds that there are similarities between the deaths of the real life Eric Garner and Radio Raheem.