Don't consider rap as form of musical genius

2013-11-14T00:00:00Z Don't consider rap as form of musical genius nwitimes.com
November 14, 2013 12:00 am

Who are the idiots who consider rappers like Kanye West musical geniuses?

First of all, the word "music" says it all. Most rap is samples of other songs over the beat of a drum machine. Furthermore, a musician is someone who can actually play an instrument. Exactly what instrument does Kanye West play?

Would Kanye (or just about any other rapper) even be making any so-called music if there wasn't a James Brown or Ray Charles sample to steal from and write rap lyrics over?

Let's save the "musical genius" title for real artists who made a true impact on music that will last forever. Artists like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eddie VanHalen, Michael Jackson and even artists as far back as Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Don't use that title for a disposable form of music like rap.

- Alan Buchko, Lake Station

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