The Rant
Nevos, Age 15, Ashburn, VA

I have always loved music. There are all kinds of music I find appealing: rap, rock, metal, very little country, and jazz. I respect all of these styles of music and their artists. But I find it highly annoying when people go around saying things like rap is talentless garbage. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that people have to like rap or that rap is always good. But when people start saying things like “it takes no skill and is just a waste of time” that frustrates me. I’m not saying all rap is worth listening to, but most of it has a point to it or meaning behind it. I grew up with rap and I highly disagree with its critics. I mainly disagree because I have been trying to rap for the past five years and I am just now becoming decent at it.

What makes me even madder than when people do this is when they say it’s easy to rap and then make some corny insulting rap that rhymes kindergarten words like bat, cat, or hat. That’s not rapping—that’s rhymes like Dr. Seuss. Rapping is dynamic rhyming. It’s when a person rhymes words like insulting and talking (that’s not a very good example). Also when rapping one must be able to make metaphors that can connect to the audience and make them feel a part of the song. And remember, I ‘m not trying to say that all rap is good or you have to like it. I’m just saying you should give it a listen. You cannot listen if you won’t, but don’t knock it before you try it.

“His palms are sweaty knees weak arms are heavy / there’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti / he’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready / To drop bombs.” Eminem, “Lose Yourself,” 2003. “Excuse my charisma, vodka with a spritzer / swagger down pat, call my s**t Patricia / Young Money militia, and I am the commissioner / you don't want start Wheezy, 'cause the F is for Finisher.” Lil’ Wayne, “6 Foot 7 Foot,” 2011.

Another thing that is highly frustrating to me is when people say that Lil’ Wayne is better than Eminem. Ok, so yes, Lil’ Wayne is a decent artist, but he can’t hold a candle to Eminem. For one, Eminem‘s flow is so smooth that when he rhymes fast you can still catch the main meanings to his songs and/or verses. When you also consider Eminem’s upbeat style when he freestyles, it is like, wow, I can’t believe this guy could think of that.

Lil’ Wayne, on the other hand, has never as long as I’ve heard him put out music that had lyrics that had meaning and people liked everywhere. Lil’ Wayne’s freestyles are more of a slow paced, I-have-to-think-about-it-first way of rapping. Now given that Lil’ Wayne does have some sexual content in his rhymes, Eminem has way more along with his gruesome and violent rhymes. That’s the flaw of Eminem’s style: he says whatever comes to mind and that is not usually good for children’s ears. Now if you were to read the two fractions of songs I gave you at the top of the paragraph, you can see how much more meaningful Eminem’s lyrics are compared to Lil’ Wayne’s lyrics. In the “Lose Yourself” verse, you can see that the song is going to be leading up to something more than just gloating about himself. I mean “spritzer vodka,” what is a spritzer and why are you just talking about a drink randomly in the song? What is the point of that? But you can decide for yourself on what songs are better.

I will admit that when Wayne and Eminem do collaborations together, they are usually drop dead wild and crazy. I believe when Eminem does collaborations with other people, he steps his game up a 110%. His metaphors in songs like “Drop the World” and “No Love” are amazing, and his voice is just amazingly confident, like he’s thinking nothing can stop him now. So, in conclusion, rap is music. You should give it a listen. Also, Lil’ Wayne is not better than Eminem.

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