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THE WHITE RAPPER SHOW COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU!

Their very names strike fear in the hearts of white rappers everywhere: Vanilla Ice. Snow. Kevin Federline. Though there are notable success stories — Eminem and the
Beastie Boys, most obviously — pale emcees often travel a hard road to respect. “The White Rapper Show,” a new reality program debuting Monday (10:30 p.m. EST on VH1), is both a parody and commentary on race in hip-hop.
The setup is simple and instantly amusing: Ten white amateurs are picked to live in an apartment in New York’s South Bronx (the birthplace of hip-hop), where they must prove their rhyming skills and gain respect. The winner gets $100,000. “White Rapper” is produced by the “ego trip” collective, which started as a magazine co-founded by Sacha Jenkins and Elliot Wilson. The magazine is now defunct, but ego trip has grown into a media company that produces books and provocative television shows (“Race-O-Rama!”) often dealing with race and hip-hop.