It’s Consequence’s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ll be publishing a sequence of retrospective items encompassing our publication’s personal historical past — and the leisure panorama typically. At the moment, New Music Editor Eddie Fu runs down his favourite rappers of the final 15 years.
What makes a terrific rapper? At the same time as we strategy the fiftieth anniversary of hip-hop, there isn’t any goal reply. Positive, you possibly can decide by movement, lyricism, and songwriting capability, however even these are primarily based on preferences. By nature, hip-hop has all the time pushed boundaries and innovated music, whether or not it’s been discovering new methods to make use of turntables or reinventing how you can use drum machines.
Many purists would argue neither singing nor Auto-Tune have a spot in rap music, however hip-hop is about setting cultural developments. Simply because a melodic model has grow to be extra common doesn’t imply lyricism isn’t related anymore; the perfect rappers will discover a method to do each. Moreover that, there’s a matter of beat choice. Whereas intelligent wordplay and punchlines may be sufficient for some followers, manufacturing is at the least simply as essential for others.
So, the place do I stand on the subject? At one level, my solely decisions for the perfect MCs have been Biggie, JAY-Z, and Nas. As a music fan and author, nonetheless, I realized to take the strategy of giving all the things an opportunity, so whereas Hov himself tried to singlehandedly kill off Auto-Tune, Future remains to be one of many high rappers on this checklist. As for the remaining, you’ll should learn on to search out out.