Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Wiz

Something new is all I ask of any rapper. I don't expect every release to be the new Rakim, to reincarnate Illmatic, or to be half the quality of any OutKast release, but at least bring something to distinguish yourself.

And that's how you do it. Come with a techno-influenced banger before Kanye even thought up "Stronger". No, you shouldn't, but Wiz did. And you specifically gotta come original like that if you're out of Pittsburgh, not exactly known as a rapper hotbed at the moment. Make no mistake, as long as you can put it to something, swagger/money/party rap can survive. It's when you get recycled the hundredth time by your own dang self that it gets frickin' boring and redundant. Anybody got fifty cents I can not borrow?

Hip Hop started as a braggadocio rhymes to dance tracks. I ain't forgot that yet. I got nothing against the mainstream. I got something against the untalented stream.

That's why Wiz Khalifa stands out against other rappers of a slightly similar style. I'm all good with you telling me why you're better than somebody. Just make sure you tell me why you're better than everybody ... better than everybody! Then make a mixtape called Star Power (downloadable link) to try and prove it. That's why I'll let you pass even if you put out a second-trick pony in your follow-up techno single.

But it's still good! So say yeah.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

1 comment:

so what did ya think about whatever the heck i wrote?