The Thing With Rappers, Pt. 2
Anyway, that’s what I tell myself 99% of the time. And today I think I realized why the other 1% exists.
With all the other hobbies/ activities I can think of, you have to “make it” before you can brag. You’ve got to win a tournament before you can take home a trophy, you have to be accepted to a prestigious school before you can wear all your new college gear (or, you should).
With rapping, it’s almost the opposite. You have to brag in order to “make it.” Or at least, that’s the way many new artists think. Somehow, they’ve concluded that rapping about how much money they’ve accumulated and how quickly they rose to the top of the industry will cause them to accumulate money and rise to the top of the industry.
Maybe its because all the role models in popular rap these days do nothing but brag. But what people fail to realize is that Lil Wayne and Drake can brag about all their money and record sales because they actually have money and record sales. An up and coming small-town rapper, on the other hand, sounds more like a clown when he tries to rap about the success… that he doesn’t have yet.
Anyone can rhyme. I’d like to see wittier metaphors, more lyricism, quality production, and unique flow styles from up and coming rappers. Because you shouldn’t have to rap about how good your rapping is if you’re actually a good rapper. At least, that’s my opinion.