RAP MUSIC: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
There so many new and talented rap artists nowadays. They have made the rap music scene so alive and vibrant. I must admit I have been on hiatus from rap music after the Eminem days. And now that I am looking up the latest updates about the rap industry and listening to samples, I am in awe of how much this music genre has grown. I am amazed at the vast talent of performers who have made it big in the industry – talents such as Drake, Jay Z, 50 Cent, The Weekend, Tyga, Wu-Tang Clan, and Smoke DZA. These names are now household names which speak of the influence and reach of rap music in the present time. Yes, rap music is so relevant up to this time. It has evolved through the ages but it is still true to its core – being able to express the writer’s thoughts freely and creatively. The main elements of rap music are content, flow, and delivery. The words are given life when delivered with the proper backbeat and musical accompaniment. The right amount of precision resistor values should be applied to the background. And the result is an amazing delivery of rhythmic performance – a catchy beat and a smooth flow of music with a valid content that speaks about life, society, and emotions. It takes a different kind of talent the sustain the beat and to deliver the content continuously, smoothly, and effortlessly. Their breath control is amazing given that they can still enunciate the words properly and clearly. I lose my breath just listening to their songs. It is an achievement on my part when I can sing along to every beat and rhyme of a rap song. But there are some songs that take rapping to a different level and can leave you with your mouth hanging open.
Rap traces its beginnings from the Africans who told their stories rhythmically, oftentimes with the accompaniment of musical instruments such as drums to carry the beat. Africans had oral historians and praise singers who used rap as a way of chanting and storytelling. Now, rap music has evolved. Instead of just a simple beat of the drums, DJs, beatboxers, and turntablists have joined in on the fun to give the rap songs more flavor and rhythm.
Rap music is used to express thought and opinions in and out of the music scene. It has political, social, and cultural themes. It takes such a bright mind to be able to use rhythm and rhyme to open the minds of people about different socio-cultural and political topics. Rap artists have taken their freedom of expression to heart and used it to educate the minds of the people about what is really happening all around us. And that is what makes rap music so relevant even at this age and time. Rap music just oozes with energy. It is a beautiful combination of speech, poem, prose, and singing. This is what makes it a genre of its own.