No one would dare tease them now
October is near. And if you didn’t know, October is National Bullying Awareness Month. Created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, this year marks the 10th year anniversary of the campaign that unites communities across the U.S. to educate and raise awareness on bullying and prevention.
The hip hop industry can identify with bullying when it comes to rap beef and sending “shots” to another rapper. Rappers are known to be tough as nails. It’s in their nature to have a hardcore demeanor. But they haven’t always been that way. Some of your toughest rappers know a thing or two about bullying. From being shoved into lockers to being called the “F” word, these rappers were bullied as kids.
Let’s be honest: From being made fun of for doing more singing than rapping to being called “Wheelchair Jimmy,” it’s safe to say Drake is familiar with teasing. But nothing compares to his teenage days, when he was bullied at school.
In his song “Pound Cake,” Drake hints that he wasn’t the most popular guy in highschool.
“My classmates, they went on to be chartered accountants, or work with their parents, but thinking back on how they treated me. My high school reunion might be worth an appearance; Make everybody have to go through security clearance.”
Despite the bullying he’s suffered then and now, Drake is still on top. Joke’s on them!
She’s overly confident in her personality, music and style, but Onika Miraj hasn’t always been that way. In a Teen Vogue interview, Nicki revealed that she had to face a lot of bullies because she moved around a lot due to her parents fighting.
“I encountered jealous girls a lot—it wasn’t like I had nice clothes, so they couldn’t be envious of that, but they were like, ‘You shouldn’t be that confident.’ Sometimes, if I felt like there was a physical threat, I would call my older brother and say, ‘Can you meet me after school because I don’t know what might happen?’ Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around. What it came down to is that the bullies wanted me to bow down to them. And I just wouldn’t.”
With a name like Marshall Mathers, you can’t be surprised that he’s had is fair share of being bullied. He’s admitted to suffering from being picked on as a kid in songs like “Brain Damage,” where he talks about being bullied by a middle school classmate, D’Angelo Bailey.
“Way before my baby daughter Hailie
I was harassed daily by this fat kid named D’Angelo Bailey
An eighth grader who acted obnoxious, ‘cause his father boxes, so every day he’d shove me in the lockers
One day he came in the bathroom while I was pissin’
And had me in the position to beat me into submission
He banged my head against the urinal till he broke my nose
Soaked my clothes in blood
Grabbed me and choked my throat
I tried to plead and tell him we shouldn’t beef
But he just wouldn’t leave”
Bailey sued Eminem for $1 million for ruining his reputation, but the judge threw the case out.