Monday, November 15, 2010

Whats A Rap Genius

What's good people,
Today's topic of discussion is rap geniuses. Me and a couple of my friends were talking about how people now-a-days are to quick to label someone a genius. There is a difference between being an innovator, and a genius. If someone makes a hot/classic album or introduces a different style of rap (i.e. hashtag tap, punchline flow, snap music, gangster rap, metaphorical rap etc...) that doesn't automatically put them in the category of genius. When I think of rap geniuses I think of: Jay-Z, Tupac, Big, Rakim, MC Lyte, Nas, Queen Latifah, Bustah Rhymes, KRS one and that's about it. There may be just a few other artists that could be squeezed in but fot the most part thats's it.

When I label someone a rap genius there are certain qualities that I look for.
* The artist has to have their own identity. There are WAY to many "biters" in the industry and establishing yourself as an individual is very important.
* The artist has to be lyrically gifted, putting words together in a seemingly biblical fashion.
* The artist has to appeal to more than one audience, having versatility and diversity in your music is an underrated quality in the rap game.
* The artist has to have brought something new to the rap game.
I know those qualities might describe more artist than the ones I listed, but the final quality is the most important and it separates the boys from the men.
* A rap genius has to be consistent and have longevity in their career. That's basically what a rap genius is to me.

This is just my humble opinion. I've been told on many occasions that I have a habit of speaking my opinions like they are facts, I just have confidence in my point of views. Haha! My opinions are susceptible to change, as long as your opinion makes sense to me. I would love to hear what/who you label as a rap genius, so LET ME KNOW!!!A wise man once said it, so i'm saying it "This is food for thought, you do the dishes"

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