June 5, 2013 1 Comment
I wrote this about Stuntdouble & Tenshun for CityBeat this week. I guess it turned out to be more about Stuntdouble but it’s cool, I’ll probably write about Tenshun or Skrapez eventually unless Peter beats me to it. And yes, Rangerbob is a better man than me: I snuck in one white rapper joke.
Anyway, something I didn’t get to fit into the article was the balance Stuntdouble strikes in his writing. It’s kinda hard to describe, but yeah it’s just cool how he can write about stuff in a non-corny way when other rappers would take the same concept and turn their song into Nebraska fields. For example, Stuntdouble’s idea of rapping about San Diego is to criticize the city’s over-powered tourism industry. Compare that to however many songs you may have heard on KUSI Morning News about San Diego Charging the groceries to my debit card or whatever.
You know the drill. Snippet below, full article here.
Bob Surratt’s spacious Rolando house looks like it’s been ripped out of a family sitcom. He and his wife, Zar, are first-time homeowners, having moved in last year with their 2-year-old daughter, Paige. The living room features elegant, minimalist décor, and sunlight pours in through several large windows. In the backyard sits a behemoth of a child’s play set—a slide, swing and rock-climbing wall, all part of a tree house that would make Chuck E. Cheese scurry away into his hole.
It’s not a strange sight unless you know that Surratt makes hip-hop, a genre predicated on coming from the bottom to the top. Many rappers take great pride in going from rags to riches, using their struggle to flaunt their success. But what do rappers do when they go from rags to the middle class?
For Surratt, who performs as Stuntdouble, his answer is to take on local politics. In his music with Tenshun, a local producer and DJ, he offers his own alternative to the sunny vision of San Diego represented by that oft-repeated slogan, “America’s Finest City.” But far from hard-boiled gangster rap, it’s an alternative that represents his working-class background.
“I’m just trying to talk about our hometown in a way that’s appropriate for me, for who I am—mid- 30s, white guy, entering middle class,” Stuntdouble tells CityBeat.