What defines a dope rapper? Matter of fact, what defines a whack rapper? Some may say it's all relative, but the truth is, when it's real rap, you'll know.
"The evolution" as they call it has been well within form for since the past 40 years (well, almost), and hip hop keeps changing from generation to generation. From the revolutionary rap in the 80's with the likes of Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim, NWA, and Public Enemy who laid the groundwork for hip hop taking the center stage. When the 90's hit and the likes of Nas, De La Soul, Jay Z, Wu-Tang Clan, and Gang Starr taking to the scene, the game was shook and the era was considered golden, producing the most impactful and influential artists. Entered the bling era and then the post 2010 era. In a nutshell, rap has produced numerous artists, each era coming in with its own flavour influenced by the generation of that time. The skill that is rap though has always been the question. How many rhymes can one get in 16, can they drop punchlines, metaphors and similes. Can the rappers construct a sick line and spark a free? Most of these boxes could easily be ticked off back then, but how about now?
Rap legend Stogie T defines what his favourite rappers were or the kind of lives they led, not the ideal and pretty lifestyle but yet they were never considered "whack."
Some of my favorite rappers were/are drug dealers, delinquents, conmen, pseudo-scientists, bogus woke, mysogenists, racists, pathological egoists but not one can be accused of being wack. Can you say the same about yours?— STOGIE T (@TumiMolekane) June 5, 2019
It's no secret which generation Stogie T is from and which generation he has influenced. Taking from this, has your favourite rapper ever been accused of being whack? Drop your comments on the box below.