You’re Killin’ Me: Freestyles
Last time I checked freestyling meant rapping straight off the dome, not straight off the iPhone, or rapping verses from upcoming songs and calling them freestyles. You’re killin’ me. It also kills me when rappers remix a song and call it a freestyle. Out of all the things that are changing in Hip-Hop, this is what kills me the most.
Maybe it’s the media’s fault for asking freestyle challenged rappers to freestyle on every interview they do. Not every rapper is Canibus or KRS-One; so it’s unfair for us to ask them for freestyles on every interview. This epidemic was bound to happen. Some rappers can barely write raps, nevertheless freestyle on the spot. Under pressure who wouldn’t pull out the iPhone?
Wiz Khalifa reads his “freestyle” right off his iPhone. He’s not the 1st to do it, nor is he the last.
But don’t think you rappers are off the hook. You can’t get away with blaming the DJ’s. I’ve also seen those tracks you remix and deem them as freestyles. We’ve all seen these tracks. “N*ggas In Paris freestyle” or “A Milli freestyle”. You’re killin’ me. It’s not a freestyle, it’s a remix! A freestyle would mean that the given rapper jumped in the booth, and rapped straight off the top of his head. We’ve seen you guys “freestyle” on the radio, their is no way you came up with that line off the top of your head. Remix bro, not a freestyle.
Drizzy raps part of his verse from “Right Above It” on Tim Westwood. Drake did freestyle for a bit though; I’ll give him credit. Once again, Drake isn’t the 1st to do this nor is he the last.
If you’re looking for dope freestyles, I suggest you go back to the 80’s or go to the underground. Freestyling isn’t valued as much in mainstream Hip-Hop. I can’t blame mainstream rappers though. Why waste your time on freestyles when you should be practicing your written raps instead. Forget about trying to impress Tim Westwood or CosmicKev. Impress your fans with some sick written raps. Drake not being able to freestyle doesn’t make him less of a rapper.
I basically don’t care if my favorite rapper can freestyle or not as long as he hits the the pen and paper with no mercy. Just don’t call something a freestyle when it’s in fact a remix. DJ’s, lay off these rappers with no freestyling skills. Rappers, saying “no” to a freestyle request looks better than you reading off your phone. I’m not the only one you’re killin’ either; I’m pretty sure KRS-One throws up everytime he sees a rapper pull out his iPhone and “freestyle”. I don’t care whether you can freestyle or not, but if you don’t know how, don’t do it. Don’t use the word “freestyle” so loosely.
Rappers with so called “freestyles”, you’re killin’ me.
PS. While we’re talking about misused words, let me get some more stuff off my chest. Slander is SPOKEN defamation. Tweeting is NOT slander. Written defamation would be LIBEL. Hate on your timeline is NOT slander! I don’t want to see another slander tweet ever again! You’re killin’ me.
Oh and stop calling one day old music “classic”.
Ok I’m done now. Stay classy San Diego.
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