As Alisha Lion recently admitted, she likes rap and hip hop music. She’s not the only one. There’s plenty of that genre of music on my MP3 player, and you know I’ve got my own rap name too and no shortage of other recommendations.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that all rap is not created equal. There’s plenty of poser wanna be crap out there. I know. I’ve seen the videos.
But last night in between installing cork tiles in the dining room, I played several rap tunes that I appreciate mostly for the complexity of lyrics. OK, yeah, some of them are all about making money, buying jewelry, womanizing, boozing and drugs. Nelly, Chingy, 50 Cent. Those are the new school guys feelin’ all good about their success. Super short-sighted sort of approach to life, yes, but I challenge you to listen to their music with the lyrics right in front of you and try to follow along out loud. Try that and you’ll realize what kind of skill it takes to pull that rap stuff off. Plus, you have to admit the lyrics are creative. Mostly, they make me laugh. Laughing is happy. ‘Nuff said.
But those aren’t my absolute favorites. Eminem, whose early work I wasn’t a real fan of, has a more recent piece called Lose Yourself. I think that song is awesome. It’s beat poetry set to music and the production version is executed perfectly, which makes the amazing hook reproduced below look flat in comparison:
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
Now moving on to Cypress Hill, those pot heads. I like a lot of their stuff. Along the same theme of Eminem’s Lose Yourself is CH’s Rap Superstar. They have a really violent side to them, that I don’t love. Hey, I like some of Ice Cube’s work too.
This is all good stuff to pump in your ears during a good run, in my opinion. My top recommendation? Nelly’s Number 1. Before you know it, you’ll want your own rap moniker. But don’t sweat it, I’ve got just the place to get one.