Flow and Delivery VS Rhymes and Complexity

There is often a debate as to what is the most important aspect for a rapper. Flow and delivery vs rhymes and complexity.

A lot of rappers make this mistake when they get passed the beginners stage and start to really develop their lyrics beyond simply rhyming.  I myself have been guilty of this one in the past.Continue reading

Rap Battling VS Songwriting

There has been vast increase in popularity of battle rap over recent years.  This has lead to a debate over whether rappers should venture into rap battling vs songwriting.  I touched on this in an old post where I talked about the battle between Canibus VS Dizaster.

The rap battle scene has been growing steadily over the years.  There was a time when a battle was something that would break out spontaneously between rappers and it was often very improvised and less pre-planned.  Nowadays battles are far more scripted.  Many are setup as big events almost like boxing, with rappers going away weeks to months in advance reading up on each other preparing their disses for the big event.  Battling now seems to be far more of a separate entity from that of making rap songs.  If we were having this debate during the pre-youtube era it would be far more clear cut in favour of songwriting but with the growth and popularity of battling the answer is no longer so obvious.Continue reading

To Sample Or Not To Sample??

To sample or not to sample?…… That is the question??

Sampling has long been considered the bedrock of hip hop production.  Not to mention an integral part of a lot of dance music, drum & bass, and trip hop.

The vast majority of hip hop classics we love have used samples of other people’s work.  Yet it seems there is an ever increasing threat of a lawsuit being brought to an artist that chooses to use samples of other peoples work without clearance. As a result, it is becoming more and more difficult to produce hip hop in this sample based manner.Continue reading

Role Models

“No more role models up in here….” said Skinnyman on his classic song ‘No Big Ting’.

We all have role models whether it’s a parent, a friend we admire ,or a celebrity. But let’s put these people into perspective. They are only human, just like us! We can admire them, but we must realise that they are not us and it is not our job to become them either. They are merely a reflection of the likeable side of ourselves. They show us what we are capable of as human beings and give us an idea of how we can have and do the things they do and have in their lives.Continue reading