Rucka Rucka Ali

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Rucka Rucka Ali
Also known as "Itsrucka", DJ Not Nice, Seymour Schwartz, Toby Queef, TR-8R, Boris Anatasha, Jihad Joe
Born January 27, 1987 (1987-01-27) (age 30)
Origin Troy, Michigan
Genres Parody, comedy, satire, comedy hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, satirist, parodist, comedian, singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Straightsavage, Serchlite
Associated acts MC Serch, EdWords
Website Official website

Rucka Rucka Ali (born January 27, 1987) is an American parodist, rapper, radio personality, singer, comedian, satirist and internet celebrity most noted for his song parodies on YouTube. He has been labeled one of the most successful artists to come out of social media, where he has received over 100 million hits on YouTube.[1] with parodies such as "Go Cops!", "Ima Korean", "Ching Chang Chong", "Ebola (La La)" and "Fubu". He has released seven independent studio albums, four of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Rucka Rucka Ali's music career started on MySpace in 2006, when he released his first single "I Heart Crack".[3][4] On MySpace Rucka developed one of his alter-egos, "DJ Not Nice", who espouses stereotypical qualities of Asian people; when Rucka writes parodies on topics related to Asia or Asians, they are typically performed by this character. Rucka received traffic from writing controversial comments on popular videos on MySpace, boosting his popularity, until his account was deleted in February 2008 for breaking their anti-spam policy. On the September 11, 2008 (the anniversary of the September 11 attacks), Rucka Rucka Ali released his debut album, "Straight Outta West B",[5] which contained songs previously published on his MySpace account. When not working on his music, Rucka was an intern on Hot 102.7 WHTD's "Serchlite Saturdays", which was hosted by MC Serch.[6] This partnership lead to Rucka playing his parody music on-air and promoting his music videos on their YouTube account. After his video resulted in SerchliteTV's channel to be suspended, Rucka decided to publish his videos independently. All of his albums bar Black Man of Steal have been published on Pinegrove Records.

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, Donald Trump, One Direction and Kim Jong-il (also his son, Kim Jong-un). He often auto-tunes his vocals. He also makes use of satirical alter egos, like fellow Detroit rapper Eminem, but more satirical. He has multiple alter egos, such as DJ Not Nice (Asian), Seymour Schwartz (Jewish) and Toby Queef (white American redneck). 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, Family Guy, and Chappelle's Show.[1] His videos and YouTube channels are frequently removed (since he started creating music videos he has had 17[7] YouTube channels deleted for terms of service violations), but are reuploaded by his fans, who call themselves "Rucka's 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 said the song was "probably racist", which was used as the title for Rucka Rucka Ali's next album.[8] 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.[9] 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 2013, he released a third song in the series called "Kim Jong-Un Song" which is a parody of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" featuring Nelly, which is about the 2013 North Korean missile crisis.

During the weeks July 31, 2010 through August 7, 2010, Rucka held 5 of the top 10 spots on the Billboard Comedy Digital Tracks chart.[10][11] This feat had only been accomplished by comedy band The Lonely Island before Rucka.

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[12] and Probably Racist which peaked at No. 11.[13] In September 2012, he released his sixth studio album, Rucka's World, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.[14]

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.

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.[15] The song, along with an accompanying music video released several days later, angered One Direction fans and others.[16] Business Standard called the song "offensive" and a "racist attack" on Malik.[17]

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 McDonald's in Wales.[18][19] Subsequently, McDonald's issued an apology to the offended customers.[20] That same week, Rucka Rucka Ali responded to the controversy on his YouTube channel by jokingly demanding a personal apology from the restaurant.[21]

In December 2014, alongside Andy Dick, he announced that his new album Black Man of Steal would be released in January 2015.[22]

In 2016, Ali announced his new album Everything is Racist to be released on Christmas Day.[citation needed]


Studio albums[23]

Title Year Peak chart positions
US Comedy[24]
Straight Outta West B 2009
I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies 2010 6
A Very Rucka Christmas 2010
Probably Racist 2011 11
A Very Rucka Christmas: The 2nd Cumming 2011
Rucka's World 2012 8
Ginger 2014
Black Man of Steal 2015 7
Everything is Racist 2016
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Charted singles

Title Year Peak chart positions
US Comedy[25]
"I Can Do Whatever, I'm White" 2010 19
"Go Cops" 2010 4
"Ching Chang Chong" 2010 7
"Ima Korean" 2010 2
"Emo (Like a Nazi)" 2010 25
"I Love Minorities" 2010 8
"Let's Go Jesus!" 2010 12
"Justin's Beaver" 2010 3
"Osama Bin Found" 2011 18
"I'm Obama" 2013 19
"Only 17" 2014 17
"Ebola (La La)" 2014 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Comedy year-end chart

Song Position Year
"Ima Korean" 5 2010[26]
"Go Cops" 7
"Ching Chang Chong" 12
"Don't Be a Playa, Haiti" 15
"Go Cops" 16 2011[27]
"Justin's Beaver" 18

Released singles (per Discogs and iTunes)[28][29]

  • I Can Do Whatever I'm White (2009)
  • Don't Be a Playa, Haiti (2010)
  • Take your Pants Off (2010)
  • I'm Afraid (Of Black Ppl) (2010)
  • We're All Asian (2010)
  • Let's Go Jesus! (2010)
  • I Don't Like Old People (2010)
  • Do The Pussyfart (feat. DJ Pussyfarts) (2010)
  • Imma Korean (feat. DJ Not Nice) (2010)
  • Jews & Fags (2011)
  • Fat Violent Dykes (2011)
  • Osama Bin Found (feat. Osama Bin Laden & Barack Obama) (2011)
  • Rebecca's Black (High Day) (2011)
  • Justin's Beaver The Movie (2011)
  • Wutchu Jewin? (feat. Toby Queef & Seymour Schwartz) (2011)
  • Eff Australia (2011)
  • Go Cops (2011)
  • Yo Perry! (2012)
  • My Name's Obama (2012)
  • Rucka & Friends (2012)
  • Ginger (2014)
  • Eff Germany (2014)
  • Kim Jong Un Song (2015)
  • TRUMP (2015)
  • I Say Herro (2016)
  • My Name's Donnie Trump (2016)
  • Grab America by the Pussy (2017)
  • Heroes and Trolls (2017)
  • Hitler is Pewdiepie (2017)
  • Phones Gay (2017)
  • Isis Isis Baby (2017)
  • Leafy is Literally (2017)
  • It's Very Gay Bro (Jake Paul) feat. Copper Cab (2017)

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "I Can Do Whatever I'm White" MC Serch
2013 "Justin's Beaver" Pinegrove Collective
2015 "Kim Jong Un Song" Dave Farese
2015 "Shake Ur Tush" non-album track


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  13. ^ Rucka Rucka Ali at AllMusic
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  15. ^ Robertson, James (August 5, 2013). "Racist song accusing Muslim singer Zayn Malik for 9/11 terrorist attacks sparks outrage". Daily Mirror. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Zicarelli, Gabriella (August 6, 2013). "ANDPOP Directioner's Start Petition To Have Racist Song Aimed At Zayn Malik Removed From iTunes". Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Zayn Malik faces racist attack". Business Standard. August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "McDonalds apologises for playing explicit rap track at 9:30am in Wales". Gigwise. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  19. ^ "McDonald's Apologizes for Playing a Rucka Rucka Ali Song in Wales". Businessweek. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
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  22. ^ Ali, Rucka Rucka (December 9, 2014). "NEW ALBUM!!!!". Facebook. 
  23. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Albums : Rhapsody". Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Comedy Album Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  25. ^ "Comedy Track Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  26. ^ "Comedy 2010 Year End". 
  27. ^ "Comedy 2011 Year End". 
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  29. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali". iTunes. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 

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