Whether you enjoy the rhythm of rap or not, there is an undeniable talent involved in the art of rapping. If one doesn’t believe there is talent, then I challenge you to try it before you criticize it — but, before you try to argue that you would rather not, stop your critical position.
The art of rapping consists of content, flow and delivery. It has been often related to spoken poetry. But its distinctive rhythm sets it apart. Many people may relate rapping to hip-hop music. But, rapping may far out-date the hip-hop culture. Some say that rapping dates back centuries before the hip-hop culture — as far back to the griots of West African.
According to Wikipedia:
A griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader due to his traditional position as an advisor to royal personages.
The “term” rapping predates the hip-hop music era going as far back as 1932. Back in the 30’s rapping was an American Slang for “to speak to, recognize, or acknowledge acquaintance with someone”. It was also considered rapping when people spoke in open forums.
Some of the most common known earlier rappers dates back to the 70’s with artists like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Isaccs Hayes’ album, Black Moses, was released in 1971 with a track name “Ikes Rap”. Later, Pop artists, like Cake and Red Hot Chili Peppers incorporated rapping into their music.
Although, rapping was becoming big in the 70’s, it was still slow to grow popular with the mainstream. In early 1980, The Sugarhill Gang had the first Top 40 hit with Rappers Delight (http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2608). That same year, Blondie released Rapture, which was the first #1 hit song with rap incorporated in a pop song. (MTV)
There are numerous styles of rapping — but, freestyle rapping has got to be some of the most talented rapping out there. Freestyling or sometimes known as “spitting” are improvised rhymes and lyrics being rapped by the performer.
Battle rapping is a competition between two or more rappers in front of an audience. The competition requires rappers to freestyle while insulting their opponents, friends or acquaintances through rapping rhymes. The winner of the battle are selected by the audience and/or judges. The movie 8-Mile, starring Eminem, helped battle rapping become known by the mainstream. Battle rapping can now be seen on networks like MTV and BET.
The top ten best rappers of all time: According to The Top Ten website www.thetopten.com