Jennifer Lawrence and SNL remind us Minnesota radio still lacks hip hop

Categories: Radio, Rap/Hip Hop
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Saturday Night Live still thinks the state of hip hop radio in the Twin Cities is laughable. Over the weekend, we returned to the fictional studios of B-108 in Shakopee, "Minnesota's home for blazing hip hop," for another early morning joke at our scene's expense. This time, guest The Hunger Games starlet Jennifer Lawrence plays Busty Rhymes, another dim-witted intern who replaces Lindsay Lohan's Illiterate Lisa.

In general, much of the schtick still focuses on the original skit's premise. Only at 5 a.m. would there be a hip hop show here ("Even Al Roker's still asleep"). And instead of a Kevin Beacham or Lisa Moy, we get fatuous jocks Richard the Investigator aka Rowdy Doody (Taran Killam) and the Buffalo aka Cedric the Carabiner aka Osama bin Luscious (Bobby Moynihan) on the mic.  

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This run-through doesn't quite have the same bite as the original, but it's telling that they announce an upcoming Flo Rida concert with excitement. There are plenty of high-profile hip-hop shows featuring national acts that roll through the Twin Cities -- from nearly every member of the Wu-Tang Clan to Outkast's Big Boi to Kendrick Lamar to Killer Mike to Public Enemy to the yearly slate of Soundset talent -- but these guys don't seem like they've ever set foot inside the Cabooze.

After newsreader Karen aka MC Jigga or "Jiggle" Butt (Vanessa Bayer) returns to announce that Shakopee has reported 800 cases of the flu, we're presented with one of many cringe-worthy lyrical performances by Jennifer Lawrence's Busty Rhymes. Let's put it this way, her character will not be the fourth vocalist in the Chalice any time soon. "It's the flu season, so you're gonna have issues / If you get the sniffles, get a big box of v-necks Kleenex."

Surely, we all have versions of the ideal hip hop station of the Twin Cities in our heads. Gimme Noise envisions something meshing the street sensibility of KMOJ's Tite @ Nite, the finesse of Rhymesayers Radio, and that mad expensive signal strength to broadcast it all the way down to Shakopee. The talent exists within our local ranks -- even if SNL isn't seeing it.




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21 comments
pblichm
pblichm

The one thing worse than today's rap music is today's "Urban" radio, which is so mind-bendingly moronic that it seems catered to illiterate former-crackbabies.  That is the butt of the joke, nobody cares that it's supposed to be in Minnesota.  Looking forward to the next sketch from B108

Michelle Tzigani
Michelle Tzigani

This response article makes the SNL skit even funnier, and the TCs look like an even bigger joke. No one outside Mpls cares about the Chalice.

mknm
mknm

look, i grew up in minnesota and i still love it dearly even though i refuse to live there because of the winters. but come on people. for a city of it's size mpls/st paul is overwhelmingly white and upper middle class. i know it's changing, but so is the rest of the country. relative to other major american cities it's still overwhelmingly white and upper middle class. you understand that's where the joke lies here, right? minnesota has a ton of stuff going for it. why be so defensive? we minnesotans aren't that good at laughing at ourselves.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Maybe it's because rap music sucks nowadays and no self respecting individual would be listening to ANY of the absolute DOG SHIT they play on the radio. All SNL "musical"guests are of this quality of dog shit.

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

The Current plays Atmosphere and Brother Ali regularly.

Nichole Kmett
Nichole Kmett

lol, Daniel, is this what you were telling me about?

Chris Parks
Chris Parks

Your link is a Jimmy Fallon Doritos ad.

asg32000
asg32000

This article's misquotes annoyed me so much that I had to create a "Voice Nation" account and comment.

Misquote: "MC Jigga Butt" --- it's obviously "MC Jiggle Butt"

Misquote: "big box of v-necks" --- it's obviously "big box of kleenex"

Normally I don't hold City Pages to a very high standard, since it seems that no one really edits the articles most of the time, and there is an overwhelming amount of bias, but did you watch the sketch?  Why would you think it's "v-necks" instead of "kleenex"?  This is a pretty trivial misquote, but it was "the straw that broke the camel's back" for me.

cbats
cbats

"Saturday Night Live still thinks the state of hip hop radio in the Twin Cities is laughable."

What hip hop radio? I'll join you in being outraged when Minnesota actually has a dedicated urban radio station (The Current playing the occasional Doomtree or Brother Ali track doesn't count but 89.9 comes close).

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

The funniest thing about this skit is it reveals how uncool SNL is.  First off, what music fan listens to the radio anymore?  Second, Minnesota has one of the best hip hop scenes in the nation but since SNL isn't cool so they don't know about it.  They have a bunch of dumb frat boys writing for them who think Flo Rida is cool.    "Busty Rhymes" and "MC Jigga Butt"?   Seriously?  It's like a skit my grandpa would write about hip hop.   Prof music videos and album covers are funnier than anything SNL has done in the last decade. 

Joe Walker
Joe Walker

That's because it is laughable. But don't worry, because the Current is going to play another Doomtree or Mackelmore song. Gumps.

ReedFischer
ReedFischer moderator

@asg32000 Fortunately I already have a VoiceNation account. The whole premise of the joke is that she says "v-necks" instead of kleenex because she's a bad rapper. And they make fun of her for it. Sorry for throwing out your back, tho.

olso6311
olso6311

@MicheleBachmann there are several very wrong things you have said.  Saying true music fans don't listen to the radio is bullshit, have you ever heard of Radio K or the fucking Current, two of the best music stations in the country, located here in MSP?  Those stations are true catalysts to music, but apparently you don't know that.  Secondly, the Minnesota hip hop scene is dying because Rhymesayers takes the crown and everyone else gets overlooked.  Third, you don't have a sense of humor either because this clip and the original are both pretty fucking funny, and accurate.

jrwmn
jrwmn

@ReedFischer @asg32000 False. The joke was the use of "Kleenex" and not "tissues." 
I think crowd sourcing editing is going to be huge very soon.  Bad copy editors abound.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@olso6311 Well someday you will turn 18 and learn SNL is awful.   Meanwhile keep giggling about "Busty Rhymes"

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@olso6311 Thanks for the explanation.  Can you please explain why MC JIGGA BUTT is funny? 

olso6311
olso6311

@MicheleBachmann @olso6311 excellent assumption that I'm not even 18, you're spot on, I'm 12 years old.  Jennifer Lawrence was the worst part of this because she can't act at all, but busty rhymes is a funny name because it is a double entendre (I don't know if you know what that means or not but I'll assume you do as I am 12 years old) because not only is it because she has large breasts, but also because there was a rapper (who you probably have never heard because you don't listen to the radio) called Busta Rhymes.  The name is also ironic because Busty Rhymes can't rhyme, and that's called comedy.

Anyways I'm going to go do some 12 year old stuff now and talk to you in 6 years once I'm 18.

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