Have you ever wondered what separates a rapper from the rest? What is the skill, which gets the most attention from the crowd? How can you differentiate yourself from other rappers?
We recently asked our community the question “What skill makes a rapper great in your eyes? and we received a wide variety of very well explained and thoughtful answers. I’m sure that you’ll find them extremely helpful.
Chapter V said:
For me personally, a great rapper just needs to sound SLICK and MAKE SENSE. Too many people force their craft and it sounds unnatural.
A great rapper needs: confidence, tailored flow, relentless attitude towards improving, great lyrics, combinations of schemes whether that’s breath pause or rhyme patterns, ability to tell stories, emceeing (move the crowd), UNIQUE and to be able to freestyle.
Look at every great credible rapper, they meet the above requirements to be cement their position as a great rapper to separate them from being an average/good rapper.
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A good rapper should be well rounded in every skill. A good rapper should never set a limitation on himself. A good rapper should be thirsty to learn and master the craft. These are the values that separate a great rapper from the average rapper, in my opinion.
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The Best Answer
It summarized all the vital truths of what it is to be a great rapper, came from:
Nasty Nas who said:
I think the most important thing for a rapper is to focus on the quality of his product and not on the results and a way to do that is to focus on the process that would lead you to a quality product.
In other words, make sure that you rap for the sake of rapping itself, because you love to do it (which I hope is the case); even Eminem has said in his most recent interviews that his “secret” isn’t a secret at all, but he just enjoys rapping and does it all the time – link to Rick Rubin talking on this: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.26174/title.rick-rubin-calls-eminem-obsessive-about-rap.
The more you do it, the better you become and the better you become the better product you’ll be able to make. Now, after being competent enough you will/should develop certain standards for the quality of music you expect from yourself to create.
Now, if you follow your inclinations you will make music that is congruent to your personality and your product will turn out authentic. And that I think is the most important thing – authenticity. You’ll never be able to please everyone and your best shot is to please yourself.
Of course, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t take criticism and not look out for feedback, but mainly not to make music that you think the listeners will like.
Like, not to do double time flow if you think it will excite the fan, but do it if it excites you. Experimenting is great too though, and trying out different things for your own enjoyment and all; it’s not that all of your tracks will get viral or something.
My 10-15 favorite rappers have a tendency to be well-rounded and they excel at different skills.
Like, Big L, Eminem and ELzhi are better at the rhyming department, while Kanye is more of a great songwriter, Common, Mos Def are more artistic with a more mature content so to say etc. SO yeah, not one rapper can have everything, and hence us all having more than a few favorites.
Therefore, my advice would be to build on the skills you enjoy the most, something like a skill set in video games and developing in different areas.
If you’re more about rhyming – focus more on that, if it’s more about wordplay you can sacrifice rhyming if a better metaphor is what you get in return etc. But yeah, different people prefer different things so you can’t aim to excel at something just so that more people will be likely to like it.
Once again – make sure you like it and that’s your best option.