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Word to Lil Debbie: How To Bake A Come-Up

She sprung from White Girl Mob with two other white female rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty. You can see her bobbing her head next to Kreayshawn in the viral hit, “Gucci Gucci”. Having split with them, she went on to make a series of viral videos that semi-launched her career; “Michelle Obama,” “SQUIRT,” “Gotta Ball,” “I Do It” and “Bake a Cake”. Two EPs later, Queen D and California Sweetheart, this pop-rapper still hasn’t quite made the splash she potentially could. Instead, she makes headlines by challenging other prominent female emcees, namely Iggy Azalea and now Lil’ Kim. We are speaking of the latest white female rapper in the game, Lil Debbie.

Lil’ Debbie’s Bake A Cake

Now, the only reason I’ve heard of Lil Debbie is because of the jabs she takes at other female artists. Here are a couple of examples…

On Lil Kim

Lil Debbie told Rolling Out on October 11: “As much as I love that b**ch… she’s out here pregnant trying to be on the scene again and it’s kinda like, ‘You’re too old for this sh*t ‘cause nobody cares anymore.’ As much as I f**king love your guts.”

On Iggy

Lil Debbie told HipHopDX on September 2: “I would like to see from Iggy, as another female white artist, if that’s what we’re going to say that we are, I want to see you put out one hit song that has nobody at all on it, not any other artist. None. Not Rita Ora. Not Charli [XCX]. Nobody.”

Now, diss culture is a huge part of hip-hop, especially for an up-and-comer. Put the newbie against the heavy-weight champion in the ring, and if she can knock out the Queenpin, it’s an excellent way to establish relevancy. But the key here is she has to knock the Queenpin out. My problem with Lil Debbie’s careless comments is that her work doesn’t knock out Lil’ Kim’s work. Her bars don’t go toe-to-toe. When that is not the case, it does not make sense to me to poke a bear like Lil’ Kim. To me, it’s self-sabotage. As for her comments on Iggy’s hits needing features, I would like to see Lil Debbie put out a hit song period. With or without assists. Again, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you’re going to talk sh*t you need to be able to back it up with your own material.

Lil Debbie does a whole lotta sh*t talking, but her raps don’t always pass the sniff test. Visually and stylistically, she’s got it, but in my opinion, her bars are not strong enough to stand up on their own… yet. Sh*t talking sells in hip-hop, as long as the Sh*t Talker has the brass to back it up. If we measure success by fame, records sold and cultural relativity, Lil Debbie has a long way to go – and she might be shooting herself in the foot before she even gets off the ground. A pity, because with that cute face, a name like “Lil Debbie,” and her brand-able bubblegum pop sugar / street appeal – she could be soaring much higher. Instead of baking a “cake,” Lil Debbie needs to learn how to bake a proper come-up. Her recipe’s two desperately needed ingredients? Better bars and backed-up swag.

She’s already got the style, and the growing digital fan base. By focusing on her own creativity, lyrical content and delivery, and losing all that unnecessary criticism of others, I think Lil Debbie could really turn up the oven on her career. Now that’s how you bake a cake.

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About the Author


Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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