ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Poetry, Lyrics, Motives and Thoughts by Lauryn Hill

Updated on February 21, 2012

Rap or Hip-Hop lyracism

It is somewhat difficult to fully understand some of the music of today, especially when it comes to rap lyrics, and the hip-hop of today. The history of such a musical genre, stems from a historical journey that African American people of today have been through.

The lyricism of rap today is definitely based on many subjects such as; social issues of poverty that many people face, about family, relationships, religious perspectives, history, personal philosophies, knowledge, education as a whole, and the political climate of our world. In actuality before the coming of slavery in America & the world abroad word play and lyricism was a way of story telling, and a form of musical entertainment to most people from the African continent & the African Diaspora (All links are provided by Wikipedia).

Rappers are dynamic in word delivery, verbal technique, and vocal tone fluctuations. To be a powerful freestyle artist takes a great deal of balance overall, and control of those three critical formats that was just stated above.

Motives & Thoughts by Lauryn Hill

Emotional Poem - Slam Poet


The history of flow as defined by Wikipedia, actually is something rather sedimentary, or shall I say broken into many fragments. I stand firm on the position of this statement, because there's many misleading truth's to the developments of how it all began, that of flow or fluid flowing rap lyrics.

People will only come to know of the stories that are told by, those who have become a great success story worldwide, unless that person was either there to bear the witness of it's humble beginnings. I'm sure there were many people who've stories go untold, & involvements in raps development was never jotted down into any historical archive, due to the lack of getting noticed by the masses of people or the timing of things.

The known fact is, that once something is started, it's pretty darn tough to keep things quite for too long, because word gets around fast, & next thing you know someone else is taking claim for your victory or triumph of originality.

My point here is that only the people who have become famous have received notoriety of accomplishment and recognition for being an originator of a specific art. There's always going to be much controversy behind the authenticity of the actual originator of something, & it's derivatives associated to it's developments.

He knows Open Poetry (Wow!!)

Open poets

Open poetry is unique in many ways then one, allowing the performer to showcase worded display in many elegant dramatic displays & forms. This style of written word translated or transmitted into spoken word makes for a very entertaining experience for viewers, but unfortunately doesn't get as much attention as Rap does today.

I feel the reason for such a difference in popularity is definitely due to Rap having a methodical rhythm & beat behind it, and open poetry for the most part not being defined by beats or rhythms per say. The amount of content being expressed during an open poetry session is something that truly makes sense only to the viewer, because everyone takes from the experience what they choose, just as in written poetry.

One thing in common with both is that there's a great deal of competition involving both art forms, and each one has their own degree of difficulty levels for competitors. Def Jam Poets (Open Mic) is one of the many venue's that are used to showcase, such tough battle ground poetry competitions. National slam poets is also another place to find tough open poetry competitors.

Cinderella Man

Is it a matter of Race or National origin

Now rap isn't only an African American musical art form, they simply have been credited as it's founders, many walks of life have also been joining in on all the fame & fortune that goes with it all. Rapper Eminem is one seriously lyrical genius of our times, and has gone to prove to the world that he can stand up to the rest of the current lyricist & those who've gone before him.

Even though he isn't African American, which has been the commonly known stereotype of a rapper for years, he has established himself as one of the greatest lyricist of all time. So lyrical ability, is definitely a matter of determination, and mind power, rather then one of race, or national origin.

If you looking to learn how to freestyle, rap, or become an open poet I will be proving some very useful tutorial videos in the near future to help those who've always wondered how it all works. I myself use to wonder how it was, that some people were really good at rapping, and some just aren't good at all.

Trust me it isn't the easiest thing to do, but once you learn the theory behind rhythm and how it helps people take their words into a rhyme form. You will soon see that you can also learn to rap someday, if you have yet to discover such a talented skillful display that you can generate yourself such a freestyle rap.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks everyone for all the kind words, & inspiration here.

    • ArchiveAngel profile image


      7 years ago from the Windy City

      Lyrics are poetry in motion. And nobody did it better than Jim Morrison. R.I.P.

    • lsin82 profile image


      7 years ago from Houston

      I have really begin to get into writing poetry and the reason I do it is because God didn't bless me with the ability to sing lol. On the real, I do love writing it, I love being able to put my feelings and emotions on paper and make them flow in a way where anyone can relate. Thanks for this hub....

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I truly appreciate when people comment, because it sparks my imagination further. Hopefully I can keep this fluid flowing effect of my ability to bring hub's to people on a daily basis. I'm new to hub writing but not to creativity or expression on the web as a whole. Thanks Again!!

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for bringing this to us. I learned much. And, have a better understanding of rap as poetry.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I've been a musician all my life, but never got into the rap end of it. I have a few HUBS with my 60's-80' style of music. Eminim is a genious, a true master of his craft, on that I agree. It’s great to see a new HUBBER and welcome to HUB writing. I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

      Based upon your HUB, you might enjoy this HUB…

      or check out any of the music Hubs


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)