Rucka Rucka Ali
|Rucka Rucka Ali|
|Also known as||DJ Not Nice|
|Born||January 27, 1987 (age 26)|
|Origin||West Bloomfield, Michigan|
|Genres||Parody, comedy, satire, comedy hip hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, satirist, parodist, comedian|
|Associated acts||MC Serch|
Rucka Rucka Ali (born January 27, 1987) is an American rapper, radio personality, singer, comedian, and satirist most noted for his song parodies on YouTube. He has been labeled one of the most successful artists to come out of YouTube, where he has received over 100 million hits with parodies such as "Ching Chang Chong", "Ima Korean" and "Justin's Beaver". He has released six independent studio albums, three of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.
Most of Rucka Rucka Ali's musical content pertains to parodies containing controversial and vulgar lyrics, often including ethnic stereotypes. Celebrities and politicians which he has imitated on more than one recording include Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, One Direction and Kim Jong il. He often auto-tunes his vocals.
Some of his songs include "Ching Chang Chong", a parody of The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" full of Asian stereotypes, and "Justin's Beaver", a parody of B.o.B's "Magic" ridiculing Justin Bieber. One of his most infamous parodies was "Ima Korean", which was a parody of The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" which makes fun of Kim Jong il and North Koreans. He later released a sequel called "My Korea's Over" which is a parody of "International Love", taking place after Kim Jong il's death in 2011, when his son Kim Jong Un took over as the leader of North Korea. In 2011–2012 Rucka Rucka Ali released his songs "Yo Perry" and "Perry's Gay". Leading up to it, the star of Windy City Heat, Perry Caravello, started saying insulting things on The Big 3 Podcast about Rucka Rucka Ali which led up to these songs.
Rucka Rucka Ali has released several albums, two of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums, I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies which peaked at No. 6 and Probably Racist which peaked at No. 11.
Rucka Rucka Ali used to have a podcast named "Ruckas Late Night Power Hour" that ran from 2011 to 2012. He now has a new podcast called "The Rucka Nucka Podcast" and continues to release songs regularly. In September 2012 he released his sixth studio album, Rucka's World which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.
Some critics have labeled Ali as a racist as a reaction to his songs, although his humor seems heavily influenced by mainstream comedy television shows such as South Park. His videos are frequently deleted from YouTube but are reuploaded by his fans, who call themselves "Nuckas". In 2010, three British students were suspended from school when a Korean child was offended as they showed one of Ruckas videos "Ima Korean" to their class while studying culture.
On July 24, 2013 Rucka Rucka Ali released the song "Zayn Did 9/11" (a parody of Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It") to YouTube which mocked Muslim One Direction member Zayn Malik, jokingly saying he was the cause of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The single cover features a silhouette of Malik in front of the World Trade Center as they were attacked. The song angered his fans and others. Business Standard called the song "offensive" and a "racist attack" on Malik. In early August 2013 he released the song to iTunes, but Malik's fans successfully petitioned to have it removed. Rucka Rucka Ali's Twitter account was also suspended indefinitely for unknown reasons, which resulted in him creating a new one.
In late November 2013, Ali was involved in another controversy after his song "Only 17", a parody of "Just A Dream", was accidentally played uncensored over the speakers at a Wales McDonalds. Subsquently, McDonalds issued an apology to the offended customers. That same week, Rucka Rucka Ali responded to the controversy on his YouTube channel.
- Studio albums
- Straight Outta West B (2008)
- I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies (2010)
- A Very Rucka Christmas (2010)
- Probably Racist (2011)
- A Very Rucka Christmas: The 2nd Cumming (2011)
- Rucka's World (2012)
- Rucka Rucka Ali Loves Minorities // Current. Current.com (2010-06-21). Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
- "Rucka Rucka Ali : Rhapsody". rhapsody.com. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- "Comedy Albums". Billboard.com. (Week of March 5, 2011). Retrieved February 4, 2012.
- Rucka Rucka Ali at AllMusic
- "Rucka Rucka Ali | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
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- "Bournemouth school pupils told off over 'racist' video". BBC News. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- James Robertson (2013-08-05). "Racist song accusing Muslim singer Zayn Malik for 9/11 terrorist attacks sparks outrage - 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- Zicarelli, Gabriella (2013-08-06). "ANDPOP Directioner's Start Petition To Have Racist Song Aimed At Zayn Malik Removed From iTunes". Andpop.com. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- "Zayn Malik faces racist attack". Business Standard. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- "More racist abuse levelled at One Direction's Zayn Malik as "ZAYN DID 9/11″ moves to iTunes!". Unreality TV. 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- "Rucka Rucka Ali : Albums : Rhapsody". rhapsody.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012.