Ever since the conclusion of Chappelle's Show, we've had a void in the hip-hop comedy world of television. Sure, Wild 'n Out has seen tremendous success in its resurgence, but in terms of fully polished sketches clearly aimed only at hip-hop heads who would understand and appreciate the material, no show has really taken the spot Chappelle vacated almost ten years ago.
Enter Key & Peele.
Now in its fifth and final season, comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's hit show tackles topics well beyond hip-hop, but when they do dive into the world of rap, they're untouchable. And so Key & Peele has quietly become the best hip-hop comedy show around, even if only a fraction of their material is hip-hop related.
But a video is worth a thousand words. Here, watch this sketch from last week's episode:
Brilliant, and fucking hilarious. It's Exhibit A on why the show has become the standard for hip-hop sketch comedy in a post-Chappelle's Show world. While the skit has the power to resonate with people outside the genre, it serves as a much more perfect satire for those "in the know." Both Key and Peele know their shit, and most of these sketches have real world tie-ins. While the above video is clearly a visual reference to N.W.A and the just-released Straight Outta Compton, just think about how Young Thug's "Halftime" lyrics have come into play in light of his recent indictment.
Did you happen to see Vince Staples' comments today regarding the term "conscious rapper" and how he would like to be or not be labeled as an artist? Don't worry, Key and Peele have a sketch that addresses the differences perfectly, one that many can enjoy but only real hip-hop fans can rightly appreciate.
The list goes on. In fact, if you took all of the best hip-hop sketches from the show's history and compiled them into one package, you would end up with the best hip-hop comedy show on television. While the show has many fans, and I'm sure many of our readers are counted among them, it doesn't seem to get the credit it deserves for its ties to the hip-hop industry.
At the end of the day, it's just funny as shit. Go ahead and continue to brighten up the rest of your shitty Thursday with a few more hilarious segments.
Unfortunately, the show will soon be coming to its end, as it is set to conclude at the end of its fifth season later this year. We can only hope it won't be long before another show takes its place; hip-hop needs a good laugh.
[By Brendan Varan. He's kinda the guy who says nooice. Follow him on Twitter.]