Re: Should drummers call themselves musicians?
It depends on the musical instruments being used to perform.
One could argue that the voice is the oldest instrument, and rapping is an operation or manipulation of that instrument.
Whether or not it is considered music is up to the audience (or performer). It is definitely an art. But I define music as being played by instruments. I don't perceive a machine playing loops as an instrument.
Some rappers perform with a band = song.
Others perform to background loops = poetic story telling.
Both could be considered art, and both (to be done well) require some level of talent. It is just a different talent than a flutist (for example).