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Two hip hop blogs you should be checking out

Malik_3's picture
on July 28, 2010

rapgenius.com

Breaking down lyrics, comparing styles, recognizes Cam'ron has the greatest rapper of all time, etc.

 

http://rapmetrics.wordpress.com/

 

Best for anal retentive rap fans like me who now a formula to prove* that one artist is better than another.

 

*tongue and cheek, sort of.

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no.body's picture

/face-palm
Droolin's picture

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh3xxAbBczatm04P9F lol
Malik_3's picture

Tech N9ne abuses women. Lil Wayne is a drug addict that pretends to be a blood. You can have a seizure going to Time Square too. Constantly flashing lights do that.
Mike_16's picture

Tech N9ne is a vile human being, but Wayne isn't? Ok Malik, I thought you were smarter than that, Also Malik, you can't get a seizure from reading a book, unless you have epilepsy. I can see video games are affecting some of the young minds on this website ;),reminding me why it is a shit idea to post on the forums anymore.
Noa The Ruler's picture

Just because you are fun does not mean you are a good rapper. Yeah its ok to be fun, but don't start calling yourself the best alive while you're not. I wouldn't mind all the dance and club songs and anything else that people are claiming is killing hip-hop if they weren't the only things that got recognition in the media nowadays. Those songs should exist, it's just I'm tired of arguing that Lupe is better than soulja boy even though he isn't "hot" right now. That's how people recognize skill. They base it on sells ""if lupe is better than soulja boy then how come soulja boy has more sells?" This seriously needs to stop.
Malik_3's picture

Tech N9ne is actually a vile human being who needs a bullet in his head, but okay. Common isn't fun though. The rest of your examples are A+ though. Playing video games all do does nothing to your brain. It'll strain you eyes if you look at it for too long, but the same thing happens if you read books all day or if you stare at any one thing all day. You're point is excess is bad, except excess doesn't correlate with Cam'ron or Wayne. They're both fun in a little ways. Wayne because he can absurd. Cam because he has an everyman quality to him when he isn't pretending to be a gangster. And they're both fun in edging close to self parody ways. I don't think Wayne is desparate for fan approval considering he sold 3 million on his last album. Cam has enough internet soldiers to revival even Joe Buddens, so I doubt he's hurting for more love.
Mike_16's picture

But so is Tech N9ne, but he's actually good. Hell, Ol Dirty Bastard was fun as hell, but the man had skill (he's not for squares). Common was fun, Tribe Called Quest is fun, Jurassic 5 is fun, Aceyalone is fun, MF DOOM is fun, etc etc etc. You know what else is fun? Playing video games, but staring at a television too long is bound to fuck a brain up, ya dig? You know what is fun? Eating Ice Crea on a hot summer day, but that dairy is bound to fuck a stomach up, ya dig? I see a pattern developing. We shouldn't relegate fun to rappers that need desperate fan approval. It's an excuse, not a compliment. Lil Wayne and Cam are fun, if you are one of those everyday wannabe goons with a mental capacity of a cockroach, you know those little insects that can live without their heads? Sort of like Cam'ron and Lil Wayne lol.
Malik_3's picture

Hip Hop is allowed to be fun. Lil Wayne and Cam'ron are fun.
Mike_16's picture

Children of the Corn Cam was still mediocre. Confessions of Fire Cam was still mediocre. I don't care if he was riding Big L's coattails, fact is Cam'ron was a nobody during an era where hip-hop was competitive. He was a somebody in an era where trends dominated and hip-hop wasn't consistent and not competitive. And as for Lil Wayne, he may be with everyone "as far as rhyming goes" but rhyming words isn't t he hard part of hip-hop anymore... Dr. Seuss>>>>Lil Wayne ;)
Droolin's picture

i actually meant rapgenius one is pretty cool
AnonymousG's picture

Lmfao rapgenius.com is awesome
Malik_3's picture

I'd be hard pressed to argue that Lil Wayne doesn't rhyme effectively considering he's pretty much the same as the majority of rappers in that regard. He doesn't say anything particularly interesting most of the time nor is his diction anything to brag about. But despite the hate, he's with everyone else as far rhyming goes. It is definitely quantifiable how well someone can rhyme, but it isn't the the beginning and end of the discussion about how skilled someone is. I reject the notion that all art is completely subjective. Art may be wholly subjective in the sense that people "like what they like" but there is still a semblence of a rubric/structure that makes something grant. Obviously there are differences between the different arts but things like form and originality are definetly all encompassing.
nIANja909's picture

In art, technical ability only means so much. A painter can know how to draw a realistic tree with crazy shading n stuff, but may not know how to put a picture together that invokes a legitimate reaction. And since art is completely subjective, ones skill (in art) is only a reflection of someones opinion of his craft. e.g. someone may like Lil Wayne and his stupid lyrics and think he's a skilled rapper, because to them he is. I think a lot of what comes out of his mouth is garbage. So I don't think he's "used his ability/knowledge of rhyming EFFECTIVELY". The fact he's learned how to rhyme words or use multies doesn't mean his skill has increased, it just means he has more knowledge on how to construct a rap. But his skill will still be subjective to the listeners opinion. Not a bar graph...
no.body's picture

Rapping Skill is definitely a reality/definable. Lupe is OBJECTIVELY a better rapper than Souljaboy. It's not an opinion.
Droolin's picture

the rapmetrics blog is pretty cool.thanks
Malik_3's picture

You've never listened to Children of the Corn.
RefleCT's picture

Oh you mean MAINSTREAM Cam? Yeah i must admit him and Juelz rip shit up.... Fuck outta here. Lol anyways... skill isnt really definable because its all opinion. But idk, its a touchy subject
Malik_3's picture

Skill in the craft is definable. There isn't a single definition and all the definition aren't quantifiable (ex. Humor), but you can define skill in the craft. Redman being one of the funnier rappers. Em being one the best technical rappers as far as multis, rhyme structure (internatl,end, slant, etc.) cadence, etc.
nIANja909's picture

Yup, because "skill in the craft" is definable...
no.body's picture

holy shit... TECHNICAL hiphop blogs. finally, someone judging rappers not by undefinable subjective "swagger" and arbitrary "voice`` but skill in the craft... nice find
Malik_3's picture

I'll get right on that.
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Lm_wfc's picture

lol
Malik_3's picture

Obviously I wasn't being serious about Cam being the greatest rapper on off all time. But I doubt Reflect has ever listened to a Cam'ron song so his opinion isn't worth shit regardless.
nIANja909's picture

Just checked out the rapmetrics blog, and I get it now. It's a joke. Very funny.
nIANja909's picture

Dude who thinks Cam is the greatest don't get no play from me, so I ain't even messin with that one. And even though I don't believe in formulas and "greatest" stuff, I may check out the latter to see what it's about.
RefleCT's picture

those are complete B.S.... my ass Cam'Ron is the greatest rapper of all time. Get off this website