Why is lyricism so important?
Why is Lyricism so important?
With the recent release of Eminem’s Kamikaze album, I’ve been really curious about what drew me to Hip Hop at such a young age. The truth is, my first favorite artist was Eminem. I first heard Eminem when I would see his “My name is….” Music video when I would watch MTV first thing in the morning when I got ready for school. When my older brother gave me a copy of Eminem’s debut album, "The Slim Shady LP" I was hooked!
From that point on I fell in love with Hip Hop; most importantly, I fell in love with the lyrical aspect of Hip Hop. The creative lyrics were enough to captivate my impressionable mind and challenge me to write lyrics as well. Ever since I was ten years old, I've been writing rhymes, which would later become songs. To be completely honest with you, every Hip Hop artist that I find myself listening to, I am always the most impressed by the lyrical abilities of the artist. The ability to be able to tell a compelling story through the clever word play and well-crafted phrases and rhymes.
As I thought about why certain audiences are attracted to lyricism when it comes to Hip Hop, I created a list of reasons. Now, this list is not complete, nor is it in any particular order. It is just my thoughts on why I love lyricism in Hip Hop:
Music has always been an art form that allows the listener and the artist to bond over a shared experience or topic. For a select few, this enjoyment goes further an just sharing the experience, in actually it becomes a window into the soul of the artist. For those that take the first steps into creating their own clever punch lines and lyrics, a new artist is born. This is were I have lived for the greater part of 15 years. Words have become my best friend, my confidant and my companion. When I hear the phenomenal lyrics of these Hip Hop artists, I can only imagine that the artists' relationship with words is very much the same.
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