I am just a hip hop lover/enthusiast and nothing more. In particular, I am fascinated by lyricism, complex rhyme schemes, and other linguistic techniques that bring a hip hop piece to life. For this reason my blog will mainly feature technical lyricists who remain in the hip hop underground for reasons related to the fact that these qualities and skills are not valued in the industry today.
The purpose of this blog is not to bash the hip hop industry. It is also not to hate on mainstream artists (although, from time to time when I can’t help myself I may drop subtle jabs at certain artists). As the blog title suggests, the blog’s purpose IS simply to shine light on underground artists, both old school and new age, who are so talented — lyrically, technically, and otherwise — that they deserve the recognition. Since I cannot sign these artists to my non-existent record label, all I can do is write about them, highlight their skills, and hope that people listen and spread the word.
In this blog you will see traditional and non-traditional styles of hip hop. I hope to showcase beats, fusions, flows, and styles you haven’t heard before. You will see everything from old school gangster rap to jazz fusion and experimental spoken word.
There is no particular, systematic structure to this blog. I will just be posting tracks with short reviews as they come up in my mind. The focus of my reviews will be more on the lyrical skills and techniques of the rapper, as opposed to a biography or history. I will also be posting tracks one or two at a time. The reason is because you all probably don’t have time to read a 5-page discography review of every single track the artist has put out (nor do I have time to write that much). Instead, I’ll just post my favorite tracks, write a few lines about it, and link you to the rest you can you listen for yourself. In the case of my favorite rappers you will likely see them come up several times at various intervals (with another one or two tracks).
From time to time I’ll categorize blog and track posts according to a theme. Sometimes when I listen to new (or old) tracks a certain technique or quality will catch my ear. If that happens, I look around for other tracks with the same quality. For example, I might write a post about the use of Alliteration in rhyming schemes and post several tracks that highlight this technique. Another example is internal rhyming.
To lay the groundwork for this blog, I will start with some old school rappers who exemplify what I mean by lyricism, technical rap, and complex rhyme schemes. These guys set the stage for the future emcees on the scene. If you listen to these guys and pay attention to their sheer skill and lyrical ability, and then listen to some mainstream rap on the radio, you will agree that hip hop is indeed dead. My goal here is to show you that it is not. So after kickin’ it old school for a bit we will start digging into the underground to find today’s equivalents of the old school kings.