Using a lot of different words does not mean quality writing. Literature, with the exception of academic writings, is an attempt to tell a good story, something that does not require an arbitrarily large vocabulary. Such a thing can detract from its intention and make a story confusing. There needs to be a balance between simplicity and diversity.
Think of some of the most emotionally impactful music in your life. Do they all have a massive diversity of words? Probably not.
Rap is typically not an emotionally gripping genre. It is enjoyed for its party and dance atmosphere and as a display of speaking skill.
Tupac is one of the most emotionally gripping rappers with a diverse body of work and didnt really on tongue twisting verses. You can argue it takes more skill to have an impact on someone with a simple verse rather than a complicated one.
A good comparison in metal would be the difference between technical and symphonic bands. Technical metal bands are mostly appreciated by musicians for the display of skill but the music is deeply lacking a primal emotional element. Symphonic metal on the other hand is more of a listeners genre which has more appeal to people who dont have a technical grasp of instrumentation.
Perhaps tupac isnt appreciated by a lot of people from a technical aspect by people who rap, but he has a much wider appeal for tapping in to a listeners emotions.
Im saying this from a standpoint of a person who vehemently despises the majority of the genre. It says a lot that tupac can get through to someone like me and a significant portion of the metalheads I know.
Bottom line though, there is no academic way to analyze music. Art is a mysterious thing.
Im speaking just about the words and disregarding the music itself. It would be like defining a painters merit based on his color pallete alone.
Im not trying to say tupac is better than so and so. I just dont think its accurate to say someones lyrics arent good because he doesnt use a lot of different words.
Last edited by JPizzack; 05-15-2014 at 02:02 PM.
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Lmao Bill said the funniest (and rather true) thing to me.
He was like "Tupac is such a ****ing hypocrite." And he's right.
How are you going to make a song about treating women right, but then turn around and use the word to refer to women like that? And not just that.
Your "right on" immediately reminded me of that, and i lol'd at work....
If this makes no sense to you, my bad...lmao
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