If you know me, you know that I love rap music. And if you don’t know, now you know (baby baby uh). I grew up listening to rap (in my teens) among other genres, but rap was and still is my favorite. My favorite artists then, 2pac, Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye, Biggie , AZ , TI and Fabolous to name a few, are still my favorites today. The newcomers added to the list include K.Pilla, J. Cole, Drake, Wale, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross, and Big Sean. What do they have in common? They’re great story tellers, they teach and actually have a fusion of beats and lyrics that will make you want to listen. You can catch me on any given day music up to the max, seat reclined just a lil (the music sounds better that way) appreciating the talent and art of which we call Rap.
While much is to be said about the difference between rap and hip hop, artist and emcees, east cost west coast, I rarely chime in on these. Like politics and religion, this topic brings about an eternity of debate and opinion which will never end with one person saying “you’re right.” What I will say is this-listen to the lyrics. If you have an appreciation for words and timeless, artistic storytelling, if you don’t get offended by the vulgarity and can recognize the truth in what’s being said, you may grow to love rap as much as I do. Y’all know the rules gotta do what you gotta do. Stay True. Love, Q
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