In one of his songs, Mac Miller raps, “the number one reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.” These lyrics flowed through my mind and my veins as I tried to control my nerves before one of the biggest soccer games of my career. It was my first game with a new team after being moved up. No matter how nervous I was, I couldn’t help but smile at my accomplishment. Mac Miller helped me realize that I had reached my goal by never giving up. With a simple lyric or two, I saw a truth about life and saw then why I loved white rappers. They don’t just spew nonsensical, useless lyrics. To me, their words are poetic, meaningful, and full of beauty for the most part.
In order to become successful, white rappers must beat the odds in a predominately black rapping industry and work harder to succeed. Mac Miller acknowledges that people criticize him because of his skin, but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves. It only gives him motivation to try harder and do more. Through their actions, careers, and lyrics, I have become inspired by white rappers. People often find it hard to believe that I listen to and love them. The majority of rap that is listened to at my school is either classic (Tupac) or modern (Kendrick Lamar). I also know that white, suburban, teenage girls are not their typical audience, but I connect with them through their music. Their originality resonates within me as I try to sing along.