There's some old skool Kool Moe Dee that was way ahed of its time. My fav is BDKane. Yup, even over Rakim. Then Biggie took the crown. I wasn't really paying attn to the scene when he was around but 5 sec of any one of his rhymes showed his talent.
I think the trend setter now is/has been Eminem. He's a sick psychotic lyricist and I am not down with those type of rhymes (one reason I can bop to BDK anyday) but Emimen can get down. I also see his influence on the underground scene and that's always a good indicator.
After watching a few freestyle battles on the Tube I got the deal...the rhyme schemes are more intricate now, but, unfortunately, madd psycho. But the same with the Grafitti: much more demonism in the color schemes with cryptic, slithery letters. It's true that the art of a society is indicative of the health of the same.
yip I know Roots Manuva and Lowkey, they are cool man I lived in London for about 3 years. To be honest there are a lot of dope rappers out there but they are mostly underground and people don't know them.
I have forgotten about Lowkey, will get onto YouTube and then do some album hunting. thnx
I like some rap. Not picking, just curious. Why didn't you just title "rapper lyricist" ?? - what am I missing here? Gotta admit, you sound better. I like several new ones, but I'll always be a Tupac fan.