Art Vandelay wrote:DK wrote:I think the emergence of Rakim changed hip-hop more than anything. Rakim combined the fast-talking almost reggae-like flow with the steady rhyme scheme, really one of the first of his time. Paid in Full back in '86 was revolutionary, and completely changed hip-hop. Although he's not as well known now, I don't think anyone changed hip-hop (at least lyrically) more than Rakim did.
Yeah, I'm remiss for not at least mentioning Rakim. What he was doing lyrically in the mid-'80s is just ridiculous. He was the first (at least the first to achieve some amount of notoriety) to incorporate complex rhyme schemes, multis, etc was one of the first to take the spotlight away from the DJ. Also, his music holds up extremely well.
I still play "Don't Sweat the Technique" and "Paid in Full" on a regular basis. Rakim was just sick.
I missed an opportunity to see him, Brother Ali, and DJ Kid Capri in Buffalo back in October. Very upsetting. I've seen Brother Ali live before and I've never seen anyone with such stage presence. He just made the entire venue his own; it was unbelievable.