Hip Hop Lyricism

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Is Lyricism In Hip Hop A Lost Art Form? It is no surprise that hip hop ten years ago sounds much more different than it does now. Even a person who is unfamiliar with hip hop can distinguish a rap song from the 90’s and one in 2015. Lyrics, production, and subject matter strays away from its “gangster” persona, and now associates with a personal story modern rappers are trying to tell. Ask a person who has grown up in the 90’s hip hop era about their thoughts on todays hip hop, and expect a not so positive response. However, hip hop has evolved production wise; 90’s hip hop used a simple breakbeat pattern for their songs, nowadays production is more complex due to the easy online access of professional production programs with an array of …show more content…
There really isn’t much said on the track because in most of the lyrics he constantly repeats that he is a “Classic Man.” The other verses are simple and does not demonstrate any skill with rhyming, “I got charm like a leprechaun, mummafucker/Now y 'all fucking with the wrong mummafucker/Treat me like a don, mummafucker,” he simply raps the same word over three stanzas. Due to the catchiness of the song, it was constantly being played on the radio which caused Jidenna to blow up into a one hit wonder. An issue with these songs is that many artists nowadays don’t invest time into songwriting. They hear a sound, see its potential, and try to find an opportunity for profit with a catchy hit. Clever songwriting and rap skill strayed away from mainstream music, and is now invested into more innovative production. With Azalea, her producers created a catchy beat with a great singer on the chorus that adds a nice rhythm to the song. Jidenna saw the beats potential and used it to create a similar sounding song with his own catchy lyrics. These two songs are the few of many with sub standard lyrics that explode into mainstream hits. Even OG Maco, a famous rapper who became an overnight sensation from his song U Guessed it, told hip hop magazine The Fader that he hated his song because of how simple the lyrics were. “This is the stupidest song I ever made… but this is the …show more content…
Although the west and east coast feud caused many violent confrontations, their rivalry created some of the greatest hip hop music in the 90’s, and is known as the Golden Age of hip hop. Young kids from New York would go to parks in Harlem to rap battle and cypher with each other just to prove who is a better rapper. By doing this, some of the greatest New York rappers mastered their craft and soon became famous. A huge reason why hip hop became so popular in the 90’s is because of the huge variety of hip hop the radio played. Fabolous, a rapper from Brooklyn, NY speaks to Rolling Stone magazine about how 90’s hip hop inspired him to make his new album. “There was everything from gangster rap, to backpack rap, to flashy, flossy rap, to dance rap, to pop rap, to female MC rap. There were so many lanes and styles, and that 's one of the things that helped it flourish.” Unlike today, the diversity of rap styles on the radio help to inspire many young rappers to create their own unique and clever flow of

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