Welcome to Monster Class: Rap/Hip-Hop 101.
Essentially, we’ll be covering the basics of the genre, excluding the origin/historical aspect. Primarily, we’ll be focusing on the most well-rounded talent in the game. Singing voice. Lyrical slayer. Production genius. As the predominance of Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane were the larger names in the hip-hop movement, a clear void was present between the mainstream popular music and the ever-growing popularity of the rap genre.
Enter B.o.B. a.k.a. Bobby Ray. This talented young musician from Atlanta, GA aspired to do great things, the most prevalent of which was to bring soul back into music. With the commercialism of popular music, the “Greatest Rapper Alive” at the time was Lil Wayne, and although he’s had an illustrious career, in terms of lyrical storytelling and his singing voice, he is far from the greatest (although personally, I’m a huge fan). B.o.B. has been compared competently to the likes of Kid Cudi and Kanye West for delivering music of true heart and soul, surpassing one and matching the other. Uplifting the spirits of the common man to the heights and aspirations of true greatness, B.o.B. is the example of fun, carefree god with the heart and soul of a champion heavyweight fighter. His tracks have since grown in viral popularity, earning him multiples of multiple platinum records. By speaking the thoughts and emotions of a seemingly lost generation, he reintroduced the hustle back into popular culture, claiming we all need a wish every now and again and sometimes you just need to let go and be free.
Class 1: Rap/Hip-Hop 101
Basic Elements – Heavy bass; intros and choruses (hooks) are more complex in production; sections of vocal rhythmic (sometimes melodic) speaking;
Speaking fast over a beat is not rap, but rhyming with rhythm to paint a picture of the story is.
“The Drop” – Generally tied with a hook of some sort
Additional Notes – Generally varies between degrees of depressingly anecdotal to immensely turnt up; the typical dance is either in a large group or one-on-one (localized to hips); easier songs to digest will be more singing than rapping (but must still contain some rapping to qualify as rap/hip-hop)
Typical tracks (limited to B.o.B.’s career but not to this list only):
Mickey Factz Ft. B.o.B. – Mind God Blown
B.o.B. – Ray Bands
B.o.B. Ft. T.I. x Juicy J – We Still In This Bxtch
B.o.B. – Hell Of A Night
B.o.B. – Beast Mode
B.o.B. Ft. T.I. x Playboy Tre – Bet I
B.o.B. Ft. Lil Wayne – Strange Clouds
B.o.B. – So Good
You’ve never had it so good. Class dismissed.