a question i’ve been asked a lot, is what separates how good a overall hip hop artist is from how good a rapper is? this is a question i’ve got in this community and from my friends multiple times let me explain. being a hip hop artists is more vague than just rap, it can account your creativity and impact on the genre, it can account your production skill and how much you contribute to the song. rapping is your skill just spitting a verse, which accounts for your flow, lyricism, delivery, bar for bar meaning, storytelling etc. a perfect example to distinguish the 2 is kanye west and someone like nas. kanye west is arguably the most influential hip hop artist of all time (which is true) and has brought back melody to hip hop in a creative way. he always further the genre with his creativity and experimenting, such as with ‘the college dropout’, which was completely different from the majority of what hip hop was doing. when it was in it’s gangster rap phase, kanye west was focusing on brining soul and cooling vibes into his beats and sound of his music and bringing a positive good message to his music. however kanye was never really a extremely good lyricist, one part that he lacked in but made up for in his creativity and production, on person who has almost the exact opposite case, is nas, who was never really an insane artist, but will go down as one of hip hops best rappers, ever. this mans flow and lyricism was ahead of his time yet his artistry the things shown in kanye was for the most part absent, which perfectly separates the 2.
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