Rappers as Artist Essay

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Rappers as Artist



Bhavesh Patel
1301-803
Essay #1
June 14, 2000


Rappers as Artists
INTRODUCTION
The word “artist” is a term that is used to describe professions such as painters, chefs,
and even musicians. Painters use paints and canvas as their medium, chefs use food for
their delicacy, and musicians use the words and musical instruments to create the art of
sound. Even within this, the terms of chief, painters, and musicians encompass many
facets. For example, some chiefs specialize only in pastries, some painters only work
with watercolor, or the in the instance of music, musicians who create rap music. IN ALL
INSTANCES A FORM OF CREATION HAS TAKEN PLACE BUT MODERN DAY SCRUTINY ON WHO CAN OR CANNOT
BE CONSIDERED ARTISTS HAS BANISHED RAPPERS AS ARTISTS.






FIRST SUPPORTING PARAGRAPH
RAPPERS ARE MUSICIANS WHO USE FAST-PACED RHYMING VERSES ACCOMPANIED WITH A HEAVY BEAT AND
SYNTHESIZING RHYTHMS. The lyrical verses can reflect everything from love to a drug deal
gone wrong to strong opinions about social and political issues. Lately though, rappers
such as Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, and Puff Daddy have been scrutinized as to weather or
not their form of expression can be considered art. Notorious BIG uses offensive language
to describe his lifestyles and his objects of desire. Many people think that the
profanity and offensiveness of his lyrics serve as reasons to dismiss him as an artists.
However, according to the definition of an artist, rappers can be considered artists.







SECOND SUPPORTING PARAGRAPH
IN ORDER TO FULLY ESTABLISH THAT RAPPERS ARE ARTISTS, THE DEFINITION OF “ARTIST” AND “ART” MUST BE ESTABLISHED.
An artist is a person skilled in a fine art, such as painting, dance or music.
Art is the creation of a work bringing about a variety of new combination of elements in
the medium (tones in music, words in literature, ect.)

To further establish the definition of artist, lets look at some examples. Painters for
instance are considered as artist because they meet the defined criteria. First, painter
must be skilled in their field. They must have an eye for color, shapes, patterns and
details. Second, painters must be able to combine different variables to form a variation
of artwork. They must be able to bring different existing colors, textures, and shape
together to create something new, abstract, or even definitional. Third, painters must
use their skill as a form of self-expression. Colors portray their emotions and the
shapes to signify a certain mood. In these aspect painters meet all the criteria that
make an artist an artist. Now you need to examine the characteristics of a rapper to
determine whether or not they meet the same criteria of being skilled in a fine art such
as music, being able to bring out new combination of elements to form something new, and
being able to present a form of self expression.







THIRD SUPPORTING PARAGRAPH
IN FACT RAP IS A FORM OF MUSIC THAT REQUIRES MANY TALENTS IN THE SIMILAR FORM THAT
PAINTERS MUST BE SKILLED AT THEIR TRADE. According to the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary,
rapping is defined as “a rhythmic chanting often in unison of usually rhymed couplets to a
musical accompaniment.” Therefore, in addition to the skills required of other musicians,
such as being able to detect musical notes, and being able to read music, musicians who
rap must be able to write rhyming lyrics as well as being rhythmically inclined. For
example, well-known rapper Bizzy Bone from the rap group Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony is
acclaimed for his ability to rap with an incredible speed and at the same time maintain a
steady beat and rhythm. In addition to those talents, a rapper must be able to create and
write verses and couplets. Two of the most popular rappers, Notorious BIG and Tupac
Shakur, were recognized for their ability to write lyrics that had not only absorbing
meaning but were also known for their choice of words and semantics. In light if this,
rappers begin to fit the definition of artists because they posses certain musical skills
necessary to their particular form of art.







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