Alright, so if you know me in person, you’d be like, “what could rapping possibly have to do with you?” Strangely enough, I’VE been rapping. It started off as a way for me to get out more negative feelings… angry and aggressive ones. I’ve been having a lot of those recently because of certain things going on in my life. I guess, I’ve been going through a few things. It ended up just being another way that I could write, another way for me to express myself, and I really love it.
To be honest, it’s kind of weird for me because I really dislike so much of today’s rap music. Often times, I find it to be a little too basic. That perception of mine comes from the stuff they put out on the radio… Simple stuff. You can seriously rhyme “stuff” with the “stuff” and keep going on as long as the words before and after them are different… That’s not hip-hop OR rap. That’s a joke. There are some modern rappers that I do REALLY like though, I’ll mention them later on.
To me, Hip-Hop has always been an art form… I grew up listening to a diverse range of musicians, but I was definitely exposed to a lot of rap and hip-hop. My mom would always make me listen to Memphis Bleek, Nas, Digable Planets, Public Enemy, N.W.A., The Beastie Boys, Immortal Technique… and all of the underground stuff that she had at her disposal. She loved exposing me to different types of music. I’ve pretty much been sheltered from the radio while a lot of my friends grew up with the radio. I’ve been spending more time with those radio artists’ actual albums on disc or cassette tape (if she doesn’t know what a cassette tape is, she’s too young for you, bro… hahaha I just had to).
I don’t really relate too much to mainstream rap today. I’ve definitely begun to like rappers like Drake, Wale, Tinie Tempah, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and all those guys though, just not for the stuff that they’re putting on the radio. It’s the songs that AREN’T their singles that resonate with me. Sometimes, it feels like meaning is no longer allowed on the radio. While I may have a few guilty pleasures, I tend to prefer my music to be deeper than the Marianas Trench… Okay, maybe not that deep… Then I’d find myself listening to some crazy hipster kid with an acoustic guitar rambling on about crap that I can’t understand… Frak that. (I do really like Bright Eyes though… haha)
So that brings me to what I’ve been writing. Basically, I just want to make music that has a message… I’ve got all I need to record the vocals, so I’m hoping that it all works out… I just need some time alone so I can get proper, quality recordings :) So, I’m excited about that. It’s been just another way for me to write poems… Organized into verses, bridges, and choruses. I like it… I also get to make my own beats :) Really, thinking about me rapping is pretty freaking bizarre… About as bizarre as what comes to mind when you’re imagining Adam Sandler rap or President Obama shuffling, but I assure you, it’s something that I’m getting pretty serious about and I think that I’ve got enough talent to outdo the majority of people who just sit on YouTube and put together lyrics about how they had sex with some girls they didn’t know and smoked a bunch of pot… That stuff is pretty boring to me.
Wish me luck! :)