The Most Essential Rap Elements
1.Flow & Structure: The ability to create a smooth rhyme sequence that makes a song interesting to the ear. Favorites: Big L, Jay-Z.
2.Charisma: Poise. The ability to exhume a great deal of enthusiasm, enough to command a respectable following. Favorites: NaS, KRS-One.
3.Accessibility: An unrestricted connection between an artist and a fan, fostered through songs. If you can relate, then most likely the song is accessible.
Favorite: Lauryn Hill
4.Realness & Street Credibility: When believable tales match actual lifestyles or experiences, then we have a credible artist who keeps it 'real'. The antithesis of a 'fake'. Favorites: 2Pac, Scarface.
5.Rhyme Scheme: The original pattern or style peculiar to a rapper. A rhyme scheme could be 'simple'(Kanye West) or 'complex'(Big Pun).
Favorite: Kool G. Rap
6.Lyrical Prowess: Intelligent rhymes that tug at the medulla.
Favorites: Rakim, Black Thought.
7.Imagery & Concepts: Metaphors, similes, storylines that not only entertain, but also paint vivid pictures("I'm Picasso with words"). Favorites: Canibus, GZA.
8.Punchlines: Compelling lyrical missiles that hit right on the most important target - the ears.
Favorite: Jean Grae
9.Beat: dum-dum-ka. Gully beats represent the raw facet of Rap; Soulful beats signify depth and insight, fancy, 'tinkerbell' beats scream "commercial" Favorites: DJ Premier, Pete Rock.
10.Voice & Tone: Tone must possess enough melody and rhythmic inflations to engage the listener's ears. In other words, the difference between Freeway and Q-Tip.
Favorite: Slick Rick
So there you have it. The Most Essential ingredients required to make Hip Hop delicious. Feel free to comment on tonight's list. Also, I won't charge you any fee for creating your own list, or duplicating mine.