Rucka Rucka Ali

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Rucka Rucka Ali
Also known as DJ Not Nice
Born January 27, 1987 (1987-01-27) (age 27)
Origin West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Genres Parody, comedy, satire, comedy hip hop
Occupations Rapper, satirist, parodist, comedian
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Pinegrove Records (current) Serchlite Records (former)
Associated acts MC Serch
Website ruckasworld.com

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[1] 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.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Most of Rucka Rucka Ali's musical content pertains to parodies containing lyrics for shock value, often including ethnic stereotypes. Celebrities and politicians whom he has imitated on more than one occasion 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.[3] 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.

Rucka Rucka Ali has released six albums, three of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums, I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies which peaked at No. 6[4] and Probably Racist which peaked at No. 11.[5] In September 2012 he released his sixth studio album, Rucka's World, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.[6]

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.

Controversy[edit]

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.[1][dead link] His videos and YouTube channels are frequently removed (since he started creating music videos he has had 18[citation needed] YouTube channels deleted for terms of service violations), 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 Rucka's videos "Ima Korean" to their class while studying culture. The school's headmaster called the song "probably racist", which was used as the title for Rucka Rucka Ali's next album.[7]

On July 24, 2013, Rucka Rucka Ali released the song "Zayn Did 9/11" (a parody of Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It") to YouTube which mocked Muslim One Direction member Zayn Malik, jokingly saying he committed the September 11 terrorist attacks. The single cover features a silhouette of Malik in front of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they were attacked.[8] The song, along with an accompanying music video released several days later, angered One Direction fans and others.[9] Business Standard called the song "offensive" and a "racist attack" on Malik.[10] In early August 2013, Malik's fans successfully petitioned to have it removed from iTunes. Rucka Rucka Ali's Twitter account was also suspended indefinitely for unknown reasons, which resulted in him creating a new one.[11]

In late November 2013, Rucka Rucka Ali was involved in another controversy after his song "Only 17", a parody of "Just A Dream" by Nelly, was accidentally played uncensored over the speakers at a McDonalds in Wales.[12][13][14] Subsequently, McDonalds issued an apology to the offended customers.[15] That same week, Rucka Rucka Ali responded to the controversy on his YouTube channel by jokingly demanding a personal apology from the restaurant.[16]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rucka Rucka Ali Loves Minorities Current.com (2010-06-21). Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
  2. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Rhapsody". rhapsody.com. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Comedy Albums". Billboard.com. (Week of March 5, 2011). Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rucka Rucka Ali at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Bournemouth school pupils told off over 'racist' video". BBC News. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  8. ^ James Robertson (2013-08-05). "Racist song accusing Muslim singer Zayn Malik for 9/11 terrorist attacks sparks outrage". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Zayn Malik faces racist attack". Business Standard. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Parsons, Tony (24 November 2013). "Music’s modern but the attitude is pre-historic". The Sun. 
  13. ^ http://www.gigwise.com/news/86285/McDonalds-issues-apology-after-playing-explicit-rap-song-at-breakfast
  14. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-21/mcmuffins-and-a-side-of-lewd-rap-at-a-british-mcdonalds
  15. ^ Stone, Anthony (21 November 2013). "McDonald's sorry over rap lyrics". Yahoo News. 
  16. ^ McCoppin, Suzy (26 November 2013). "Controversial Rapper Rucka Rucka Ali Seeks Apology from McDonald’s". Popdust. 
  17. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Albums : Rhapsody". rhapsody.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 

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