17 Overlooked Artists Who Deserve To Be Pop Culture Icons

“Hollywood” might be the most nebulous entity in America. It’s somehow a location and an industry and a big goofy hill-sign. It’s the source of all entertainment without entertaining us very often. And it’s where budding young artists flock to make it “big” (in Schwarzenegger’s case, literally). In popular consciousness, Hollywood is a sea of countless artists making our culture. But what if we told you the music world, movie world, and more pillars of American fun are driving by a shockingly tiny number of artists? And even weirder, the key artists are people you’ve never even heard of?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jensen Karp (Get Up On This) celebrate rappers, writers, filmmakers, and wrestlers who remade our entire culture without the wider public knowing it. They’ll rediscover a comic book artist who resurrected Princess Di. They’ll champion the mid-1990s bodybuilder who reinvented rap. And because everybody needs a little care right now, they’ll grief-counsel themselves AND you through the end of Kanye West.

Footnotes:

Jensen Karp’s Twitter thread of great new rappers

Get Up On This (Earwolf)

Drop The Mic on TBS

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp

Kanye West Tweets Fake Harriet Tubman Quote After Saying Slavery Was ‘A Choice’ (Huffington Post)

Chino XL Reveals The Struggles Within Family, Instances Of Vulnerability (HipHopDX)

Eminem & Elton John’s Friendship Is Still Going Strong (Refinery29)

5 Unknown People Who Secretly Made All Your Favorite Music (Cracked)

Evan Kidd Bogart (Wikipedia)

Bud Bundy, Original Gangsta (LA Weekly)

6 Geniuses Behind Classic Movies (Who Deserve More Credit) (Cracked)

Westmore family (Wikipedia)

‘Star Wars’ was only the start for effects pioneer Dennis Muren (SFGate)

Jurassic Park’s ‘Dinosaur Supervisor’ Responds to Meme (Mashable)

Jake The Snake Roberts website

Mike Allred page (ComicVine)

From Gum to the Grammys: How Artist-Entrepreneur Kenna Bulldozed the Status Quo (Entrepreneur)

Join us for our next LIVE Cracked Podcast! It’s happening Saturday, May 12th at 7pm in Los Angeles. Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians Ian Abramson, Hallie Cantor, and Brodie Reed for a show about bizarre secrets of the foods we eat. Tickets are $7 and available here.

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/17-overlooked-artists-who-deserve-to-be-pop-culture-icons

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