The Art Of Freestyle Rap

I’ve never really sat down and listened to traditional rap music. However, I’ve always been a fan of rock style rap artists. Since I grew up listening to metal/hard rock music it was easier for me to connect with rappers who dived into those genres. But, I’ve always had a respect for anyone who could rap. Rapping itself is hard enough but what impresses me even more are people who can freestyle. I listened to a guy the other day do a livestream on Younow and he was going for 10. 15. 20 minutes straight. Just freestyling the entire time and my jaw was just dropping. You would think at one point he would slow down and have to think about what to say or mess up some lines here and there. No. he just kept going and going the god damn energizer bunny. If that isn’t talent then I don’t know what is.

There have been many artists who make a name freestyling. Eminem is one of those popular ones. This isn’t a concept that is new but somehow I feel like it has become greatly under appreciated. I remember in the 90’s and early 2000’s it was a pretty big deal. Everyone I knew was talking about it. People at my schools were trying to do it. Even I used to freestyle rap in high school. Somehow I was damn good at it. If you asked me today I’d fail miserably since I haven’t done that in about 15 years. Sometimes I even think back and wonder how I went on for about 5 minutes rapping about complete nonsense about my teachers or classmates. Ironically I should have been able to do that AFTER I took professional improv classes at the age of 20.

There’s an artist called Whitney Peyton (who I’ve talked about before) who one day mentioned the idea of compliment rap battles. She admitted to watching these and I didn’t know this was a thing. Somehow I feel like it has a proper name for it but I can’t remember so I’ll just stick with compliment rap battles. I’ve heard of rap battles just not ones where you give compliments to your opponent. It is literally the coolest fucking thing ever. By the way, shoutout to Whitney Peyton. She’s an amazing rapper and I’m telling you to go check her out or you’ll make the list! Anyway, it’s such an art to freestyle on someone. It’s just about singing. It’s not just about rhyming. It’s not just about coming up with things to stay. It’s not just about reading your opponent. It’s a combination of all those things and people who can do it flawlessly deserve some props. It’s easy to say a professional rapper’s game is “weak” but can you guys do any better? I hate people who say bands suck or artists suck. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s art. Art is subjective. Just because you don’t like someone doesn’t mean they suck. Personally, I despise the band Coldplay. No shade. They’re talented, I just personally can’t stand their music but I would never say they suck because they’ve achieved more in one day then I will in my entire life. They’ve won more awards then I can count. Just because you don’t like someone’s music it doesn’t mean they suck. You don’t have to like them but appreciate what they can do.

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