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Fake-or-Fact Friday: Rap Music Ironies Edition

August 21, 2015

Two of the following ironic news stories about rap music are true. One of them is straight up trippin’—that means it’s false. Can you guess which of the three is the fake? The answer is at the end of the post.


In its opening weekend, Straight Outta Compton was a surprise smash hit. The musical biography film about the pioneering 1980s rap group N.W.A., and its members rap superstars Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, brought in $60 million in just three days. The movie charts the rise of the group from the tough, economically depressed inner-city area of Compton, California. Today, Compton is still economically depressed—for example, there are no movie theaters in Compton. In other words, moviegoers can’t see Straight Outta Compton in Compton.


The opening line of Snoop Dogg’s 1994 hit “Gin and Juice” is “with so much drama in the LBC, it’s kind of hard being Snoop D-O- Double-G.” “LBC” is a slang abbreviation for Snoop Dogg’s hometown of Long Beach, California. And while the drama he’s referring to is gang activity, there isn’t any other drama in the LBC either. Number of professional and community theaters in the LBC: zero.


Cypress Hill is best known for the 1993 hit “Insane in the Brain.” The lyrics speak of the group getting hassled by the police for growing and using marijuana in lines like “cops, come and try to snatch my crops.” Well, that was more than 20 years ago. Today, Cypress Hill member B-Real (real name: Louis Freese) is a police officer in Los Angeles County, California. He works mainly with the Drug Enforcement Task Force.


Want more fakes? Check out Uncle John’s Fake Facts. (Really!)

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