Bragging Rights: British vs. American Rap Boasts


Hip-hop has always been full of boasting and braggadocio, but recently rappers have been really outdoing themselves with their levels of conspicuous consumption, whether that be high-end alcohol, high fashion, or luxury vehicles. This had seemed to reach a peak with Jay Z and Kanye West's almost painfully lavish Watch The Thronebut then a song like "Picasso Baby" drops or Kanye calls himself a God, and you wonder what heights this bragging will attain next. From cars to women to wealth, and well beyond, American rappers take their boasting to ridiculous levels, whereas British rappers seem to be a little more humble, and mundane, in their subject matter.

Yes, of course these lyrics are taken out of context, and yes, of course, American rappers aren't all talking about their millions while British rappers are struggling to scrape a couple of pennies together, but in attempt to shine a light on just how absurd some of the boasting in current popular U.S. rap is, we've compared and contrasted the brags of UK and U.S. rappers on topics like wealth, record sales, cars, and, most importantly, self-worth.

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  •!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    If you “got it”, flaunt it, right?

  • carrotcake4

    not the best article you’ve ever done

  • yhyh

    don’t get what this is trying to prove. not to mention you chose a load of UK grime artists…grime isn’t uk rap (or trying to be uk rap) and has much less focus on lyricism. poor article from a great blog…

  • Al

    Hmm I’m not sure about this. It seems you’ve selected lyrics according to what you guys wanted to portray. There’s plenty of flash UK artists and a heap load of ghetto broke US rappers since I last checked…

  • Ematic

    I ain’t feeling none of these U.K. niggas but Jehst lol c’mon show me the real UK talent!

  • boosie

    sense a bit of ignorance

  • Archie Williams

    loook up crazy titch maybe that will make u change your mind.

  • Lavonte Webb

    If you’re looking for real american Hip Hop I invite you to

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