But what exactly is rap? Just google it and see thousands, if not millions, of results attempting to give the proper definition of rap. But we all know that rap is an element of hip-hop, it’s the vocal part of the culture.
Having said that, is there really any song that talks about the concept of rap? Whether on the international level or local, I don’t think there’s any. If there is, it’s probably not a hit. And that’s what is special about VJ Adams’ “Define Rap”.
First off, VJ Adams is an entertainer, a video jockey at Soundcity TV, one of the top music channels in Nigeria. He actually understands the music, and although his Wikipedia page won’t tell you that, he has a knowledge of hip-hop and rap music. That’s why his album “Perception” is a better rap album than many albums from acclaimed rappers.
Since 2013, when he featured Ice Prince and Sound Sultan, he hasn’t really been consistent. We understand, he’s not a full time artiste. But every time he steps into the both, he delivers something impressive.
In 2016, he dropped “Define Rap”, featuring some of the hottest acts in the country. There was Ice Prince, Vector, Sound Sultan and M.I Abaga.
He included the Cypher-like single on his new album. And now we have a video for it. By all standards, “Define Rap” expresses the present state of hip-hop down here. There is Ice Prince, d0pe emcee albeit making mainstream music.
Then you have Vector, a very intelligent rapper who represents the lyricism in hip-hop. Then there is M.I, a cross-breed between the mainstream and the underground.
Sound Sultan on the other hand can be anything you want him to be. He doubles an a rapper and as a singer. He represents all our runaway rappers. And the inclusion of Mz Kiss shows there’s a revolution in the music sphere.
The colorful visuals was tailored by Avalon Okpe, and it showcases hip-hop in it’s most basic form. Watch it and see M.I rap “rap is a noun, rap is a verb” like he’s some primary school teacher.
About the author
Quasar Miami formerly known as Tylz, is a young rap artiste and an outspoken music industry commentator. He writes in a very controversial manner and is known to “never let the sleeping dogs lie”. In October 2017, he was inducted into HipHopHead as a contributor.
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