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Rapper launches acting career in comedy series


Image from the Show Dave
Photo courtesy of Hulu. Co-created and starred by rapper/comedian Lil Dicky under his birth name Dave Burd, “Dave” is a series about a man who is proving to the world he’s one of the best rappers of all time.
April 8, 2020 | Malik Giles | campus editor


Nerdy, white and Jewish, Rapper Lil Dicky stars in the new comedy series “Dave,” which is about his own life trying to prove himself as one of the best rappers of all time.

Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” set the wave, but shows like Lil Dicky’s “Dave” will take it to the next level.

The “Professional Rapper” takes elements from Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” making it a mellow-dramatic comedy with clever, hard-to-catch one-liners. The show follows the main character Dave, in pursuit of his goal to prove to his friends and family that he is not just a parody but a successful artist. What’s ironic is that this show is akin to a parody of modern-day pop culture.

Dave is a goofy, white, suburban individual so he can easily get people’s attention. But he has a hard time fitting into the more serious tone of the

black-dominated rap industry.

What Lil Dicky does well is illustrate that everyone struggles in the road to fame no matter what race they are.

Dave speaks his mind a little too much. He explains why he does things, and if he messes up, he learns from his lessons.

His co-stars are what bring Dave’s character to life. In the first episode, he befriends GaTa, who seems like a shady character but comes through at the end by getting him in the studio with famous rapper YG.

GaTa becomes Lil Dicky’s hype man on and off-stage by literally motivating him all the time. “Of course, bro, you should have it all,” GaTa said to Dave.

This sentence alone makes one wish they had a hype man like GaTa.

The show pays attention to detail. Dave claims that he resembles rappers like Young Thug and not Macklemore in terms of music style, but if one goes on Lil Dicky’s Spotify profile, Macklemore is one of the artists recommended.

Some scenes were poorly edited. Continuity errors and production mistakes pop up. Editors could have done better.

Beyond these editing issues, this show is excellent. Not only does this show have amazing co-stars but also have big-time celebrities with hilarious cameos. Lil Dicky proves that rappers can also take a shot at acting.

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