From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.
23 Jan 2013
At a recent gig at the Sound Academy in Toronto, perennial PopMatters fave Talib Kweli debuted a new song in tribute to the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch, who recently passed away. Word is, his sixth album Prisoner of Conscious will be on the way this year, but no release date has been announced yet. We are eagerly awaiting it.
05 Jun 2012
This film gives us a look back at a puzzling and fascinating moment in American history that casts a different light on '60s idealism and the death of that decade's ideals.
13 Feb 2012
As often as it seems like Madlib might be a genius, there are records like this that prove true the old adage of "quality versus quantity".
01 Feb 2009
The rapper says, "I just try to write songs," but he's tackling difficult subjects while trying to launch a business.
Steven J. Horowitz
18 Sep 2007
Talib Kweli is clearly struggling between the underground's 'values-based' approach and the mainstream's love of the crook and the hook, trying to find a third way that negates the either/or tug-of-war between 'consciousness raising' and big pimpin'.
15 Nov 2004
Audiotistic isn't/wasn't meant to be purely hip-hop, though. Billed as the Future Sound Festival in Southern Cali, it's typically been a cutting edge sort of venue with electronica and house at the center of its agenda.
J. Victoria Sanders
23 Apr 2002
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