I have had a love for rap music from a young age. The first album I remember really getting into was The College Dropout by Kanye West, or Ye as he goes by now. Still to this day, one of my favorite albums. So, what makes a rapper good? Is it lyrics? What about beats? In my personal opinion, lyrics and flow are what makes rap music good. If you’re rapping about new cars and diamond rings, there’s only so much you can say. But if you’re rapping about your struggles on your way to the top, then you can go on for hours. It’s about the energy that you put into the lyrics. I want to feel some type of way when listening to a song. Don’t get me wrong, I love my fair share of “party music”, but music is supposed to make you feel something. Anyway, let’s get into my personal top 3 favorite rap artists.
J. Cole is looked at as one of the most humble human beings on the planet. Along with establishing his own nonprofit foundation, he keeps up a busy release schedule. No wonder Drake paid him the highest compliment: “You are looking at one of the smartest, greatest, most legendary artists of our generation.” He truly is, all of his albums go platinum at the very least. He’s got the best flow in the game in my opinion. This really stands out on Middle Child, one of his singles. He recently signed a new artist that I have been tracking for a while, JID. I’ll talk a little more about him in a later post!
Very easily one of the best lyricists in the game, I introduce to you Kendrick Lamar, or K-Dot as you may know him. Born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. After writing stories as a child, he put to music some lyrics about the rough Compton streets he grew up on. He rapped under the name K-Dot, releasing a series of increasingly popular mixtapes, which brought him to the attention of hip-hop super-producer, Dr Dre. Lamar’s debut major-label recording, good kid, m.A.A.d City, was released to great acclaim and impressive sales for an up-and-coming recording artist. With incredible lyricism and flow on titles like Alright and Backseat Freestyle, he deserves to be in everyone’s top 50 at least.
Must I really introduce this man? Rapper, actor and music producer Eminem is one of the best-selling musicians of the 21st century and one of the most influential rappers of all time. Eminem had a turbulent childhood. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and worked odd jobs until finally making it as a rapper upon the release of The Slim Shady LP in early 1999. In 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP, which was noted as the fastest-selling album in rap history. In 2010, he released the Grammy-winning album Recovery, a highly autobiographical attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation. His later work is still so amazing, especially his latest album, Kamikaze. Easily one of the best speed rappers and lyricists in rap history, hands down. There are so many amazing Eminem songs out there, i recommend you listen to every single one, you will not regret it.