Thursday, July 21, 2011

Modern Day Poets


I'm willing to bet most of you have never heard of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I'm confident in that because hip-hop fans today are listening to more and more frat rap, blog rap, or whatever else you want to call it. Hip-hop, unfortunately, is somewhat of a popularity contest and consequently it produces songs about how every rapper is the best rapper. Meaning and emotion are now widely missing from rap.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, however, are staying true to the game. I wouldn't be surprised if "Wings" and its music video are considered amongst the best of not just this summer, but of the year. Obviously it won't be DJ'ing at the next party you go to, but this song has the qualities of rap that are increasingly disappearing - meaning and emotion. Lewis reminds me a lot of Eminem both in that they sound similar and that they both have something to say - they're modern day poets. Take a break from whatever you're doing now and listen to some real hip-hop.

Wings - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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