I'm often turned off by the lyrics; no matter how musically innovative. The lyrics are just a bit too much in the forefront a lot of the time for me to ignore.
But The Roots, Me-Shell Ndgeocello... these guys are the pinnacle of musical quality.
Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD
Although I like the old school guys more than the current batch, I still find it interesting that so many continue to diss this stuff with the same 30 year old insults. Sure you can like ot hate anything you want, but I think it's silly to continue to wear out the illiteracy angle when a lot of these guys are some of the most literate people I know.
I have no rouble with the literacy part. I'm sure they can sit down and write or collaborate with others to write lyrics, but when they sing it I can't understand it. Call it ebonics or whatever but they are not pronouncing the words they have written down. There are the hand gestures that are just comical. Left hand out if front with the fingers all curled but the thumb and little finger, or grabbing the crotch. Micorphone in the right hand holding it parallel to the ground. Everyone of them does this same thing. there is no variety. How am I supposed to like something I can't stand to watch or listen to. The original question was dyu all like it or ????? My answer is no.
Rubbish. Like in ANY criticism in ANY form of music; a bunch of them do, but this over assertive generalisation is still rubbish.
The best rappers (by definition, pretty much) have superb
enunciation - strongly accented ebonics do tend to be present, sure. It is just communicated via a different dialect than you are used to.