Saturday, May 30, 2009


probably the most indefinable aspect of the art of hip hop is the idea of flow that is used to define rappers or if not indefinable perhaps the least quantifiable this is also one of the most important pieces to the puzzle of successfully reinterpreting the genre into your own personal vehicle which is why it is so disheartening that so many of the same critics who will testify by my lyrical prowess which is undeniable will in the same sentence denigrate my ability to flow or will do something that is clearly intended to deny me the status as one of the greats because they are worried about being disagreed with too vehemently or because they have some valorized notion of artists that creates the idea that only the old greats were true greats and all contemporary artists are mere shadows of the former great ones and even i will admit that i might not be any sort of gift of gab but at least i am not a gimmick artist like twista and not only that but my ability to flow has been progressing with each album and there are intricacies which are by and large overlooked by people who think everything about my music is simply straightforward club oriented trashy pop or whatever which i can fully respect but i basically just wish that at some point people who are paid to do so would look deeper and inform the public thereof but bemoaning the critical state of the times will get one to no path that hasnt been tread a million times and i meant to talk about flow in general and the conundrum that it presents something that has been bothering me for a few years now and i guess i just wanted to ask for anyones opinions on what precisely it is since to me it seems to be something to the effect of an amalgamation of a rappers ability to maintain their percussive style of singing over a period of time but is also the particular tambre of the voice as well as any idiosyncracies of style that the rapper has and maybe even the uniformity present when someone raps over various dissimilar beats perhaps it is that constant that people speak about when they say someone has a good flow

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