posted on Aug, 29 2007 @ 04:37 PM
OK I'll bite.
I like rap and hip hop. couldn't be a good bassplyr if I hadn't gotten familiar with the styles and intergrated them into my playing and
Good rappers do something that almost no other rappers do. it's not neccisarily in what they say in the rap or what the message is about (although
thats important, or at last to me, a good rapper it does not make) but in how they work their rapping's cadence around the beat that make the
difference. How they lyrically play with the rythym of the song. Kev Brown understands that. TO me he's a better than the average rapper, and
should be given a shot on the mainstream.
Case in point that good rapping is all about what the artist decides to do with his rapping, cadence wise, over the beat provided. Eminem for
example. known as a great rapper. his messages suck. not much genius to what he's saying. but his "flow" or the way his cadence worked round
the beat was what made him stand out. yes he's witty and his rapping in a free for all contest have bitting stinging insults issued out cleaverly to
the opponent rapper, but it's his lyrical phrasing that was really his genius. Oh and he did something tha 99% of the history of rappers NEVER did.
he added a whole new dimension to his lyrical cadences by adding ....whats that musical term called...ohh yeah...pitches to his lyrics. almost all
rappers sing in this monotone voice with little range or variation to thier pitches. Eminem...did the opposite and incorporated pitches into his
rapping. He took it one step farther which is something alot of other lesser rappers failed to do and used the pitches ryhtmically adding even more
nuance to his already pretty syncopated rapping cadence over the beat.
Most rappers are one trick ponys, even if they are really rich. 50 Cent for example. His raps are all the same flow and cadence over different
beats. If you asked him to rap with say a new flow or rythym he would get first confused, then frustrated, and one would see that he ain't so
talented. Sorry to say but anybody can take the same rythym and make up new lyrics to them their called...oh yeah....limericks and they been around
for about a thousand years. In fact kids on school yards around the country have been doing just that for probably the last century. No genius in
that even if they are getting fitty rich off of the trick. Another example of a one trick pony is The Game. Cool we grew up in the same
neighborhoods, and I feel that, but seriously his raps are clumsy and lacking in any variation from track to track. If it weren't for the beat
being different the songs would all merge into one super rap song all about most likely the same thing.
I wish that the industry would get more underground rappers who understand that good rapping is not just in your message and image but also heavily
determined by their ability to play with the beat using their rapping cadence.
Notice how many rappers jump on the rythmic phrasing band waggon when one of them gets it right and comes up with his own style, which is really just
that individuels rythmic interpredation of their lyrics over the beat.
I also like rap thats gotten away from the 808 sound. not all rap sounds good as it's blowing out the guy in the car next me speakers, and making his
trunk and license plate rattle horribly. Jazzier more intellectual stuff to flow over is important too. I'm glad that Kev is trying to branch out
and explore that avenue. It takes real balls to do that. Very unlike the sheeple who are all rapping about the same thing. exaggerating thier
experiences to gain public respect,(case in point...Mac 10 lives in Calabassas,California. an upper class "Whitey" neighborhood. and his crew of
6 that claim they "Who Bang" all the time got their asses kicked by one white man in the middle of a Supermarket parking lot one evening back when
he was still hardcore in 1997. They all ran like the liers they were. got in their cars and ran when they couldn't even get one dude 6 on one onto
the ground. to top it off. a few years later the white guy camer out of the closet and is now Gay with a boyfriend and everything. real hard core
gangstas. got their asses kicked and ran by some gay dude on the HS swim team.)
I say bravo to rappers like kev that are truely true to the game.
I guess the old saying of an empty barrel rattles the loudest comes to mind with these gangsta rappers.