As an admitted Cory Gunz fan that’s followed his career for nearly 10 years, I was greatly interested by his new reality show on MTV, Son Of A Gun. While the 30 minute debut was a pretty fascinating program in its own right, those of us that have been long-time fans have an appreciation for the nuances that the show presents. At the end of the first episode, I had a pretty clear understanding as to why Cory Gunz hasn’t been able to get his career on the right path despite the fact he’s one of the most talented MCs to hold a mic. The two men responsible for Cory’s inability to excel are unfortunately the two men closest to him: his dad, Peter Gunz, and Cory himself.
Let’s start with Daddy Gunz. For those of you that don’t know, Peter Gunz is a washed-up rapper that had a hit with “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)” almost 15 years ago. While his experience and connections in the business have undoubtedly helped little Gunz, the fact that Peter is still clinging to his last glimmer of stardom is apparent from the moment he steps in front of the camera on Son Of A Gun. One knock on Cory throughout the years has been the belief that his dad takes over his business and becomes totally unbearable to work with. You see that here, with Peter stepping in and being overbearing.
You also see the painfully obvious fact that Peter still believes he has a shot at more success and his son is just another way to accentuate the brand of Peter Gunz. Who do you think it benefits to call the show “Son Of A Gun? The episode ends with Peter telling Cory’s potential managers to only go through dad when it comes to the son’s business. Peter sounds strikingly similar to those ex-semi-pro basketball dads that push their sons extra hard during YMCA rec games only as a testament to the dad’s previous successes. This reality series is sure to shed light on exactly how much Peter has been holding his son back.
But all of Petey’s machinations and derailments would all be for naught if Cory could just take control of his own career. Another development the show highlights is Cory Gunz’s passive attitude. Throughout the show he makes comments like “I’m just the rapper” or “talk it over with my manager” whenever politics or business become too thick. Gunz never tells his main supporter, Nick Cannon, that he signed to Young Money. He didn’t man up and make a decision as to whether Nick Cannon or Gunz’s long-time lawyer would handle his management. When put on the spot, Cory deferred and meekly giggled off the awkwardness.
But the fact is, Gunz spent the duration of the episode letting three men – and a behind-the-scenes Birdman – dictate all of the important details of his new deal. I understand the “just let me rap” argument because sometimes with this journalism stuff I want to say “just let me write” and let someone else worry about generating traffic and pushing my content. But that sh*t gets old really quickly. If Cory is going to actually take his career to the level that his skills deserve, he’s going to need to adapt a hands-on approach or else he’ll be “just rapping” for the next 20 years with his dad being his only fan.
For the common fan that’s not familiar with Cory Gunz, Son Of A Gun is an interesting show. For those of us that are rooting for the kid, it’s an all-too-real insight into what’s been going wrong so far. As for me? I’ll be glued to every episode pulling for Gunner like I have been for years.
Below, the deleted scenes for added viewing pleasure.