Rucka Rucka Ali

Rucka Rucka Ali, (born January 27, 1987) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, radio personality, comedian, YouTuber, parodist. He is best known for his dark comedy political and topical song parodies on YouTube. Much of his content employs ethnic and racial stereotypes. He had received over 200 million views on YouTube in 2010.[2] He has released seven independent studio albums, four of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.[3]

Rucka Rucka Ali
BornJanuary 27, 1987 (1987-01-27) (age 33)
Jerusalem, Israel[1]
OriginSouthern Michigan, U.S.
GenresParody, comedy, satire, comedy hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer, songwriter, radio personality, comedian, YouTuber, parodist, satirist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
LabelsStraightsavage Records (current)
Serchlite Records (former)
Associated actsMC Serch
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Rucka Rucka Ali was born in Jerusalem, Israel on January 27, 1987. He was born into an Orthodox Jewish environment, though he said he moved away from this as he grew up.[1]

CareerEdit

Rucka Rucka Ali's singing career started on Myspace in 2006, when he released his first single "I Heart Crack".[4]

Rucka Rucka Ali has released six albums, three of which charted in the Billboard Top Comedy Albums, I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies which peaked at No. 6[5] and Probably Racist which peaked at No. 11.[6] In September 2012, he released his sixth studio album, Rucka's World, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums.[7] During the weeks July 31, 2010 through August 7, 2010, Ali held 5 of the top 10 spots on the Billboard Comedy Digital Tracks chart.[8][9]

ControversiesEdit

In June 2010, three British students were reprimanded after publicly showing Rucka Rucka Ali's video "Ima Korean" to their class while studying different countries' musical traditions. One Korean student was "devastated, upset, very offended, feeling very lonely", being the only East-Asian child in the class. An assistant head teacher said the song was "probably racist". Rucka Rucka Ali subsequently picked the quote as the title of his next album.[10]

On July 24, 2013, Rucka Rucka Ali released the song "Zayn Did 9/11" (a parody of Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It") to YouTube which mocked Muslim One Direction member Zayn Malik, jokingly saying he committed the September 11 terrorist attacks. The single cover features a silhouette of Malik in front of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they were attacked.[11] The song, along with an accompanying music video released several days later, angered One Direction fans and others.[12] Business Standard called the song "offensive" and a "racist attack" on Malik.[13]

In the end of November 2013, Rucka Rucka Ali was involved in another controversy after his song "Only 17", a parody of "Just a Dream" by Nelly, was accidentally played uncensored over the speakers at a McDonald's in Wales.[14][15] Subsequently, McDonald's issued an apology to the offended customers.[16] That same week, Rucka Rucka Ali responded to the controversy on his YouTube channel by jokingly demanding a personal apology from the restaurant.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Ali claims to be an Objectivist, as stated in his interview with Dave Rubin on The Rubin Report.[18]

At the end of the music video "Life Is Over" (a parody of "Closer"), released in October 2016, Rucka Rucka Ali admitted that he had attempted to commit suicide in the summer of 2006. Noting that his death would have prevented the success of his later music career, he wished to send others "a message of hope".[19]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums[20]

Title Year Peak chart positions
US Comedy[21]
Straight Outta West B 2008
I'm Black, You're White & These Are Clearly Parodies 2010 6
A Very Rucka Christmas 2010
Probably Racist 2011 11
A Very Rucka Christmas: The 2nd Cumming 2011
Rucka's World 2012 8
Black Man of Steal 2015 7
Everything Is Racist 2016
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Charted singles

Title Year Peak chart positions
US Comedy[22]
"I Can Do Whatever, I'm White" 2010 19
"Go Cops" 2010 4
"Ching Chang Chong" 2010 7
"Ima Korean" 2010 2
"Emo (Like a Nazi)" 2010 25
"I Love Minorities" 2010 8
"Let's Go Jesus!" 2010 12
"Justin's Beaver" 2010 3
"Osama Bin Found" 2011 18
"I'm Obama" 2013 19
"Only 17" 2014 17
"Ebola (La La)" 2014 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Comedy year-end chart

Song Position Year
"Ima Korean" 5 2010[23]
"Go Cops" 7
"Ching Chang Chong" 12
"Don't Be a Playa, Haiti" 15
"Go Cops" 16 2011[24]
"Justin's Beaver" 18

Released singles (per Discogs and iTunes)[25][26]


Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "I Can Do Whatever I'm White" MC Serch
2013 "Justin's Beaver" Pinegrove Collective
2015 "Kim Jong Un Song" Dave Farese
2015 "Shake Ur Tush" non-album track
2017 "EBOLA 2.0." non-album track
Singles (Not in an Album)
Year Title Parody Of
2012 "Al Qaedirection" "Die Young" by Ke$ha
2017 "Grab America by the Pussy" "Sit Still, Look Pretty" By Daya
2017 "Heroes & Trolls" "All Star" By Smash Mouth
2017 "Hitler Is Pewdiepie" "Scars to Your Beautiful" By Alessia Cara
2017 "iPhones Gay" "Why Don't You Get a Job?" By The Offspring
2017 "Isis Isis Baby" "Ice Ice Baby" By Vanilla Ice
2017 "Leafy is Literally" "Crawling" By Linkin Park
2017 "It's Very Gay Bro" "It's Everyday Bro" By Jake Paul ft. Team 10
2017 "Milo's Gay" "Paris" By The Chainsmokers
2017 "Sargon" "Starboy" By The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
2017 "I'm in the Illuminati" "Shape of You" By Ed Sheeran
2017 "Dear White People" "Despacito (Remix)" By Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
2017 "I'm Racist (In No Way Whatsoever)" "Body Like a Back Road" By Sam Hunt
2017 "Treat Jew Better" "Treat You Better" By Shawn Mendes
2017 "Prince Ali Obama" "Prince Ali" By Robin Williams for Aladdin
2017 "Party in the TSA" "Party in the U.S.A." By Miley Cyrus
2017 "All I Do is Game" "Stay" By Zedd ft. Alessia Cara
2017 "Not My Fault (That We Black)" "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" By Shawn Mendes
2017 "I'm Thainese (Not Chinese)" "Sorry Not Sorry" By Demi Lovato
2018 "China Na Na (ft. DJ Not Nice)" "Havana" By Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug
2018 "Logan Dindu Nuffin" "New Rules" By Dua Lipa
2018 "This Is Why We Can' Have Rice Things (ft. DJ Not Nice) "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" By Taylor Swift
2018 "Aluwakbar" "Rockstar" By Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
2018 "Eat a D" "Meant to Be" By Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
2018 "Aids in Africa" "Africa" By Toto
2018 "Netherlands Gay" "Whatever It Takes" By Imagine Dragons
2018 "White People Can't Even" "The Middle" By Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
2018 "Kim & I" "Him & I" By G-Eazy ft. Halsey
2019 "We Fuck the Earth" "Earth" By Lil Dicky
2019 "White Men" "Truth Hurts" By Lizzo
2020 "I’m the Black Guy" "Bad Guy" By Billie Eilish
2020 "Corn Virus" "Panini" By Lil Nas X

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Rubin Report (December 15, 2017). "Rucka Rucka Ali: Parody Rap and Objectivism". Event occurs at 12:58 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Rucka Rucka Ali Loves Minorities Current.com (June 21, 2010). Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "The History Of RuckaRucka". April 28, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Comedy Albums". Billboard. March 5, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Rucka Rucka Ali at AllMusic
  7. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Comedy Digital Tracks : Jul 31, 2010 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. July 31, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Comedy Digital Tracks : Aug 07, 2010 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. August 7, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Bournemouth school pupils told off over 'racist' video". BBC News. June 17, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  11. ^ Robertson, James (August 5, 2013). "Racist song accusing Muslim singer Zayn Malik for 9/11 terrorist attacks sparks outrage". Daily Mirror. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Zicarelli, Gabriella (August 6, 2013). "ANDPOP Directioner's Start Petition To Have Racist Song Aimed at Zayn Malik Removed From iTunes". Andpop.com. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Zayn Malik faces racist attack". Business Standard. August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "McDonalds apologises for playing explicit rap track at 9:30 am in Wales". Gigwise. November 21, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "McDonald's Apologizes for Playing a Rucka Rucka Ali Song in Wales". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. November 21, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Stone, Anthony (November 21, 2013). "McDonald's sorry over rap lyrics". Yahoo News.
  17. ^ McCoppin, Suzy (November 26, 2013). "Controversial Rapper Rucka Rucka Ali Seeks Apology from McDonald's". Popdust.
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_snt45unyqY
  19. ^ itsRucka (October 4, 2016). "Chainsmokers "Closer" PARODY Life is Over ~ Rucka Rucka Ali". Event occurs at 4:15 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali : Albums : Rhapsody". rhapsody.com. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  21. ^ "Comedy Album Charts". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Comedy Track Charts". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Comedy 2010 Year End".
  24. ^ "Comedy 2011 Year End".
  25. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali – Singles and EPs". discogs. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  26. ^ "Rucka Rucka Ali". iTunes Store. Retrieved December 13, 2014.

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