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Hip-Hop Distilled: The Four Types Of Emcees

Hip-Hop is evolving, with west coast influences infusing east coast rap and vice versa. Emcees generally adopt one or more of the following four styles. Which type of emcee is your favorite rapper?

4. All About The Flow

All About The Flow

Rappers in this category may not have lyrical substance, but they have achieved “flow” – combining a catchy rhythm with a catchy tune. A lot of one-hit wonders are all about the flow, and are typically remixed by other emcees. Think Tuesday by I Love Makonnen.

3. All About The Lyrics

All About The Lyrics

The truth is any sentence can be performed with an instrumental on beat (on time). Some emcees do just that. But the best in this category put together extraordinarily clever and creative rhymes. Don’t write these emcees off. Even if their melodies don’t “stick,” their mind-blowing lyrics more than compensate. Think Illmatic by Nas.

2. Remix-Reliant


Some emcees rely solely on remixing popular music, which can gain them broad exposure. If they don’t remix the song entirely, they may use the same flow as a popular hit single, but adapt it and call their version an “original.” Think Mike Stud.

1. Hype-Heavy


Some emcees hype the heavy drama in their lives. The lyrics and the hype surrounding them – focused, for example, on a jail sentence, death threat, or long anticipated project – draw audiences who may otherwise never bother to listen. Think Dr. Dre, whose Detox album may be the most popular album never released.

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Gucci Mane ft Rich the Kid x OG Maco “Lowest” [@gucci1017]

Check out Gucci Mane’s new track Lowest featuring Rich the Kid and OG Maco. This joint is tough.


“Produced by Terantino 808 Mafia
Download: www.audiomack.com/song/digital-tra…-kid-x-og-maco-1


G-Eazy “Achievement” (prod. Christoph Andersson) [@G_Eazy]

Listen to G-Eazy’s new track Achievement produced by Christoph Andersson. This joint is straight fire.





Wiz Khalifa “DayToday: Cuttin’ the F up.” [@wizkhalifa]

Check out Wiz Khalifa’s new DayToday: Cuttin the F Up video.


“Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour: http://wizkhalifa.com/tour

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Directed by @WhoIsFrankU
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DayToday: Cuttin’ the F up.”


“Pittsburgh Dad At Giant Eagle” [@Pittsburgh_Dad]

Watch Pittsburgh Dad’s new At Giant Eagle episode, and remember to return your movie rentals to Iggle Video.


“We’ve finally released one of our MOST requested episodes: Dad takes the family to the Giant Eagle grocery store! THANK YOU to all the fans that shared their stories, memories, and jokes to make this episode.

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Mayo “I Dont Sell Middies No More” (Makonnen RMX) [@The58s]

Check out Mayo’s new remix of Makonnen’s I Don’t Sell Molly No More – cleverly entitled I Don’t Sell Middies No More. Dude killed this. Download I Don’t Sell Middies No More for free via SoundCloud below.


“”I Dont Sell Middies No More” (Makonnen RMX)
2014 For promo use only”


Cooksings “One Way Road” [@cooksings]

Check out Cooksings’ new song One Way Road. It has a good melody and a warm, laid-back sound.



Ty Dolla $ign “Stand For” [@tydollasign]

Check out Ty Dolla $ign’s new track Stand For. It’s good to hear another good solo song by TY.


“1st single “Stand For” produced by Diplo and DJ Dahi available on iTunes this Monday 11/17. Debut album “Free TC” coming soon!

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Dom Mazzetti “What is a Pump?” [@DomMazzetti]

Check out Dom Mazzetti’s new What Is A Pump video. Do you have the motivation to make today’s pump tomorrow’s normality?


“Bro Science #60: the science behind a pump.
New GNAR PUMP pre-workout: http://brosupps.com
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Tuki Carter x Smoke DZA x Aleon Craft “Weed Wax and $” (prod. C.U.B.S) [@tukicarter]

Check out Tuki Carter’s new single Weed Wax and $ featuring Smoke DZA and Aleon Craft. This joint is dope.




Bobby Shmurda “Hot N*gga” (Mike Angelo Remix) [@BobbyShmurdaGS9]

Check out Mike Angelo’s new remix of Bobby Shmurda’s song Hot N*gga.


“I thought the flow Shmurda used in the original record was so much fun that I had to put my own spin on it. Let me know what you think. More new sounds coming soon.



Mike Stud “Toast” (prod. Louis Bell) [@Mike_Stud]

Listen to Mike Stud’s new song Toast produced by Louis Bell. This joint is dope.


“Wanted to give y’all an old school vibe on this one. Hope ya’ll like it!”


X.O. x Kidd Upstairs “Get A Pass” [@KiddUpstairs]

Check out X.O.’s new track Get A Pass featuring Kidd Upstairs. Download this song for free via SoundCloud below.


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Drake “How Bout Now” (Official NoSleep Remix) [@Drake]

Listen to NoSleep’s new remix of Drake’s How Bout Now. NoSleep never disappoints.


“I was a huge fan of this song when Drake dropped this a couple weeks ago. I wanted to add a twist to it. Sampled Ciara-Promise for the chorus. Let me know what you guys think!


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Thaddeus David “All Day” (Official THraxx Rmx) [@ThaddeusDavid]

Check out Thaddeus David’s new remix of THraxx’s track All Day. Download this song for free via SoundCloud below.


“Thaddeus David flips Thraxxhouse members Keynata & Mackneds’ “All Day” produced by PRFCT Storm”


Steve-O “BALLS TO THE WALL STUNT” [@steveo]

Watch Steve-O’s new Balls To The Wall Stunt video.


“My buddies duct-taped me to a wall and shot a ton of fireworks at me.

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Check out Pittsburgh Dad’s new Steelers Beat Ravens III video. As soon as I saw that smile on Pittsburgh Dad’s face in the doorway, I lost it. Great episode.


“The great rivalry between Dad and his neighbor Tom continues:)
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Rich The Kid x Bobby Shmurda x Rowdy Rebel “On My Way” (prod. Zaytoven)

Check out Rich The Kid’s new track On My Way featuring Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel. This jam is too fire.


“Off of “Rich Than Famous” EP coming in December
Follow: www.twitter.com/iamrichthekid


B.White “Learn From It” (Freestyle) [@The58s]

Listen to B.White’s new Learn From It freestyle.


“The 58’s ! Happy Halloween! New B. White Freestyle
For Promotional Use Only —”


Huey Mack “Back On My Bullshit” (prod. Louis Bell) [@HueyMack]

Check out Huey Mack’s new track Back On My Bullshit produced by Louis Bell.


“1st Single off of The Upcoming Album Thing’s Change”