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16 Bars

Hip hop started off rhyming to 16 bars before Erik B and Rakim came along and broke up the technique with multi-syllable rhymes, which Biggie smoothed over.

Fast-forward to today…

Mos def makes lyrical poetry. Kendrick Lamar personalizes his raps with motives (re: short musical ideas) while MF Doom cleverly manipulates his bars with uneven phrasing and punchlines.

I’m surprised the video didn’t include Nas so I inserted him below. Written at age 16, performed at 18: NAS “Live at the Barbeque.”

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Brooklyn, the Remix: A Hip-Hop Tour

For many, the word “Brooklyn” now evokes artisanal cheese rather than rap artists. The disconnect between brownstone Brooklyn’s past and present is jarring in the places where rappers grew up and boasted about surviving shootouts, but where cupcakes now reign. If you look hard enough, the rougher past might still be visible under the more recently applied gloss. And if you want to buy a piece of the action, Biggie’s childhood apartment, a three-bedroom walk-up, was recently listed by a division of Sotheby’s International Realty. Asking price: $725,000.

Go Brooklyn?  Too soft.  

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Biggie, Colbert and Franklin are made with shredded Federal Reserve Notes on newspaper. Obama is created with United States Lincoln head pennies. Background created with steel wartime pennies. – Evan, The Art of E

Not sure why Colbert is included in this mix.  I guess that’s just part of the irony of American discourse.