The other day I was going through some old notebooks and journals from middle school. What did I find? Pages and pages of written poetry and songs that were actually pretty dope. As I laughed through the pages, I realized “this sh*t is actually good!” (From a early 2000’s point of view). I learned to tell a story, and utilize rhyming mechanisms to make it sound like a hit.
Although Lil Wayne can deliver impactful spoken word straight from his mouth, his caliber of language has always interest me. His ability to achieve such Creative Harmony places him on my top list of influential lyricists. The Carter III and IV (couldn’t decide between the two) are my favorite albums. Looking back, as a teen I didn’t realize how much influence he had on my ambitions to write and tell a cool story.
Music is one of the most used outlets that the human race relates to. It’s therapeutic and it shares a story.
I think about all of the greatest hits famous artists have made. Nowadays however, many artist don’t write their own lyrics. Which is fine I guess. However this is where the one of the key people in music come in. The songwriter. Think about your all time favorite song. Why do you like it? Is it solely off the production of the beats? Or was it the lyrics that really pulled you in? For me it’s always a good combination of both: 70% lyrics, 30% beats.
Songwriters are usually the forgotten heroes of the music industry.
Let’s look at one of THEE BEST ARTISTS of all time, Lauryn Hill. Her Album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is an undeniable classic.
Not only were her lyrics compelling, her delivery was just a good. Now artists like Lil Wayne and Lauryn Hill don’t come around too often- they are some of my favorite Creatives and I study their careers to help understand the overall theme of creative processes.
Who are some of your favorite Artists, Songwriters, or Lyricists?
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