Tonight, I was SUPPOSED to give my Review for Eminem’s and Busta Rhymes New Albums. I would like to humbly apologize; both Albums need more time in my ears before I give a fair assessment of them.
Instead, I will ask you my readers two interesting questions:
- Who are your top 5 MCs ? for now, we’ll stick to those that are alive
- Who are your top 5 rappers? and we shall stick to those who are still breathing.
If you are not sure of the difference; that’s OK, there isn’t really a difference. The difference is in the “Flow Style” I went ahead and looked this up on wikipedia, this is what they had to say:
A common way MCs judge how to flow rhythmically in a verse is by stressing syllables in time to the four beats of the musical backdrop. Poetry scholar Derek Attridge describes how this works in his book Poetic Rhythm – “rap lyrics are written to be performed to an accompaniment that emphasizes the metrical structure of the verse”. He says rap lyrics are made up of…
“…lines with four stressed beats, separated by other syllables that may vary in number and may include other stressed syllables. The strong beat of the accompaniment coincides with the stressed beats of the verse, and the rapper organizes the rhythms of the intervening syllables to provide variety and surprise”.
MCs also use a lot of different rhyming techniques, including complex rhyme schemes, as Adam Krims points out – “the complexity… involves multiple rhymes in the same rhyme complex (i.e. section with consistently rhyming words), internal rhymes, [and] offbeat rhymes”. There is also widespread use of multisyllabic rhymes, by artists such as Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, and Eminem .
- “The Chant”, which he says is used by Lil Jon and Project Pat
- “The Syncopated Bounce”, used by Twista and Bone Thugs N Harmony
- “Straight Forward”, used by Scarface, 2Pac, Melle Mel, KRS-One circa Boogie Down Productions era, Too Short, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg
- “The Rubik’s Cube”, used by Nas, Black Thought of The Roots, Common, Kurupt, and Lauryn Hill
Alternatively, music scholar Adam Krims uses the following terms –
OK, now that you have a quick lesson on how this “Rap Game” works, please answer in the Comments section. Please feel free to respectfully debate the views of others, but let’s not turn this into E-Beef.