I am a lover of music in all it’s forms, but I am most closely involved with hip-hop music, as my fiance is a hip-hop artist. I have attended a lot of shows with a lot of different artists in a lot of different cities, and I have noticed that some of the nicest performances I have ever seen have come from underground artists. there is real talent out there, stifled by the fact that they weren’t born into money or their position, or that they don’t have access to the right people. it is such a shame.
to me a great rap/hip-hop song has a nice beat, good flow and NICE wordplay. the hook should be clever but catchy, and not something repetitive or something we’ve heard a hundred times. I love when someone sings the hook and then the verses are rapped. I think that makes for a really nice contrast, and would keep people interested in listening.
successfully writing thought-provoking lyrics is not an easy task and can take hours to perfect, but I firmly believe it is necessary if you’re going to be successful in the rap game today. of course, everyone knows that tunechi says some of the best one liners, but what about artists like wale or meek millz who can make a story of a song, and fill it with metaphors and similes that you may not even catch until the fourth or fifth time you hear it. there are some songs on meek millz’s dreamchasers 2 mixtape that I STILL hear new hot lines on, and that mixtape played in my car constantly for about three months. wale has some of the smoothest beats and nicest hooks. he has such a unique way with words that is so under-appreciated.
of all the shows I’ve been to there are artists who can spit, but don’t say anything worth hearing. some have some really nice lyrics, but can’t deliver the message. then you’ll see some who have flow and can spit, but get nervous on stage, and some who put on a great performance, but only because the music is so loud that you can’t really understand or hear them for that matter. there is one or two performances though, that have stuck out in my mind. they have the total package, and I only hope that someone recognizes their talent and helps to showcase some of the incredible talent stuck underground.