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Vox: Hip Hop, deconstructed: The best rhymers of all time

May 21, 2016
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Here’s how some of the greatest rappers make rhymes

Special thanks to the research of Martin Connor who was interviewed in this piece. More of his rap analysis can be found here:http://www.rapanalysis.com/

Vox is an American news website run by Vox Media, founded by liberal columnist Ezra Klein and launched in April 2014. Key contributors include Matthew Yglesias, Dylan Matthews, Max Fisher, Melissa Bell and Sarah Kliff. Its signature feature is the reusable, wiki-like “card stack”, which provides context and key definitions related to an article topic.

Hip hop is a music genre formed in the United States in the 1970s that consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing.

While often used to refer to rapping, “hip hop” more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, and scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks. 

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