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 ShadyLP 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.
The beatboxing world champions say their style of music is no gimmick and people should see it for the art form it is. Beatboxing is not only scientifically mind-boggling but it also sounds amazing. Too many people just see it as a “party trick”. But in all reality, the competitive beatboxing scene has blown up tremendously over the past few years. In this post, I am going to go over a few of my personal favorites, enjoy!
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Codfish is a beatboxer from Australia and the 2017 Australian Beatbox Champion, as well as the Grand Beatbox Battle 2018 Champion. Originally a YouTube fanatic, Codfish had various youtube channels growing up before he started beatboxing. Real name Jack Codling, this man has some serious skills. In 2016, Codfish entered his first live battle, the Australian Beatbox Championships. Codfish finished in the top 4, losing to CLR, who later won the championships. Codfish returned to the big stage in 2017, winning three battles that year; the Sydney Beatbox Royale Championship, BeatNation Aus 7 to Smoke Battle and the Australian Beatbox Championships.
Real name Neil Meadows, NaPoM is one of the top 5 best beatboxers in the world in my opinion. NaPoM is a Pennsylvania native and a member of the Brooklyn based collective, The Beatbox House. NaPoM discovered beatbox on YouTube in 2011. Since then, he has developed his unique lip roll style, mainly driven by a desire to create a full and continuous sound. To his memory, the first lip roll he learned was by imitating a fellow beatboxer, Alem. Within a few years, Neil faced his hero for the World Championship title in 2015. In 2014, he won his first battles at the Midwest Beatbox Battles, followed by the 2014 American Beatbox Championships where he took the title as the 5th American champ. He stormed through the American scene the following year, bringing home the same title in 2015. He then placed second in both the 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship and the 2016 Grand Beatbox Battle. In the 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championships, with an impressive feat, NaPoM ranked first in the eliminations using his signature lip roll bass. This was an incredible achievement for a first-time competitor to an international event like the World Champs, but for a beatboxer who started in beatboxing only four years prior. Since then, many in the community have copied his style, citing his influence in their beatbox.
Dan Lowes aka D-Low won the Under 18 United Kingdom Beatbox Battle in 2014. Known for his insane throat bass, D-Low has so much potential. He isn’t able to compete sufficiently against the big names but he’s getting there. I mainly added D-Low because he is my favorite “underground” beatboxer. Yall just have to check him out!
Hey, everyone, I am a new member of the JAMO Records Crew, I am going to be doing some blogging for you all! I want everyone to know that everything I post is my opinion. I respect the opinions of everyone here, so please feel free to give me a little insight!
I am a 22-year-old guy from a really small town in central Texas. I was born in the Fort Worth area, moved around for a while, but stayed in Arlington for a lot of my childhood. First, through fifth grade I was living in Arlington; moved to Crowley for a year, then finally ended up living in Joshua, Texas. I lived there through my teenage years and up until I was 18. I went to Tarleton State University where I was majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. I went for three years before I left. The college scene just was not the thing for me. I currently live in the Dallas area where I work for a Market Research Firm as a Recruiter. I have high hopes for what life throws my way, I hope to make a positive impact on my peers that I am surrounded by. You guys will be seeing a lot of me, so please enjoy it!