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Entry from May 18, 2015
“Rap is all about poor people bragging about being rich”

"If country lyrics are all about being poor and rap is all about being rich, what is the middle class of music genre’s?” is an jocular line that was cited on Twitter on August 9, 2011. “Too many country singers sing about being poor and too many rappers rap about being rich” was cited on Twitter on March 15, 2012. “Millionaire country singers singing about being poor but happy is just as bad as millionaire rappers rapping about being rich but still mad” was cited on Twitter on June 14, 2012.

The line became popular when it appeared on reddit on April 8, 2015:

“Rap is all about poor people bragging about being rich, while country is rich people bragging about being poor.”


Twitter
Kyle
‏@omgkylebby
If country lyrics are all about being poor and rap is all about being rich, what is the middle class of music genre’s?
7:36 PM - 9 Aug 2011

Twitter
Doug Medcalf
‏@dmstarcatcher
Too many country singers sing about being poor and too many rappers rap about being rich.
3:58 PM - 15 Mar 2012

The Wall Street Journal
SOAPBOX
John Waters: Subversive Success
The enigmatic auteur on his weird childhood, the sorry style of today’s rebels and the social importance of bad taste

By JOHN JURGENSEN
Updated March 30, 2012 11:28 a.m. ET
(...)
I like rap music. But bragging about being rich to poor people is really offensive. I want to hear a gangsta rap song about buying a Cy Twombly painting or dating a museum curator. I want to hear about that kind of rich. Of course, the worst is having a convertible if you’re over 20 years old. If you’re 50, please, buy a painting.

Twitter
Andrew Collin
‏@AndrewTCollin
Millionaire country singers singing about being poor but happy is just as bad as millionaire rappers rapping about being rich but still mad.
10:02 AM - 14 Jun 2012

Twitter
Nexus
‏@nexonthebeach
#RandomThoughtOfTheDay..Why is Country music rich people singing about being poor and Hiphop music is broke people singing about being rich?
4:58 PM - 6 Aug 2014

reddit
Rap is all about poor people bragging about being rich, while country is rich people bragging about being poor. (self.Showerthoughts)
submitted April 8, 2015 by BadElement

Twitter
RandomFun!
‏@RandomFun_
Rap is all about poor people bragging about being rich, while country is rich people bragging about being poor.
10:13 PM - 8 Apr 2015

Twitter
Wopian // API
‏@Wopian00
Rap is all about poor people bragging about being rich, while country is rich people braggin… http://bit.ly/1anSBnr #reddit #thoughts
10:30 PM - 8 Apr 2015

reddit
Country music is rich people bragging about being poor, and Rap music is poor people bragging about being rich. (self.Showerthoughts)
submitted May 5, 2015 by charlessilverbath

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Monday, May 18, 2015 • Permalink