What makes a rapper "lyrical"?

What makes a rapper "lyrical"? Topic: How to write a rap song about school
July 17, 2019 / By Gabe
Question: Or is the term lyrical just thrown around too much when people label rappers? What's the difference between Lil Wayne's rapping from A Tribe Called Quest or Kanye West's rapping to Raekwon's? Does a beat make you more lyrical, subject matter or what?
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Dene Dene | 4 days ago
I have to steal an old answer to this question because the kid who wrote it absolutely nailed it as far as I'm concerned.. "Lyricism in Hip Hop is (Mostly) the ability to put rhymes together in a fashion where it is complex. People that don't like Hip Hop can argue that it isn't appealing because they are just talking and they can't sing, or that they don't like what they are rapping about. Liking an artist is purely opinion. But...lyrically, Hip Hop (Real Hip Hop) is by far the most complex genre of music. That is a fact, it can indeed be proven. (Yes I'm talking to you Dancer4ever!) When I say complex, I mean the rhyme schemes are limited because of how a particular artists chooses to rhyme. In hip hop, rhyming the very last word at the end of a bar just doesn't cut it anymore. A multi is when an artist rhymes more than the last word, but the last 2 words, three...four or even all of them. Also breaking down the syllables and rhyming a word with each syllable. For example: Disconnects Twist tha necks I turned 1 three syllable word into three words. Dis slant rhymes with Twist, Co (Pronounced "Kuh") rhymes with Tha and nnects rhymes with necks. Everything rhymes. It can be that basic, or even more complex: "Jump 'em in like jump rope, double dutch then turn on the mic with a thumb stroke, subtle touch." (From Old School by MF DOOM Feat C-Lo) Jump with thumb, rope with stroke, double with subtle, dutch with touch. Or it can get as complex to where practically every word of each respective sentence rhymes: "Doing songs lit in the booth, with the best host Doing bong hits on the roof, in the west coast." (From Meatgrinder by MF DOOM) A lot of times, Lyricism can also encompass the whole spectrum. Not just how they use multis, but also how they are able to successfully place cunning metaphors throughout a track and how they can tell a story when limited to the multis they decide to use."
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Dene Originally Answered: Lyrical Dance Solo Help??
Lyrical is one of my favorite dance genres because it doesn't have to be very technical. There is no real "right" or "wrong" way to perform a lyrical piece. You are correct in that a lot of the moves are usually choreographed to the words though. There aren't any real "main" steps that a lyrical routine will feature though. One of the characteristics of a lyrical piece is dramatic. (the moves are often supposed to convey great emotion, so sometimes, when the lyrics say something about crying, you'll see a dancer's hands sort of vibrating near their faces...or when the lyrics mention falling, it will be done in a very dramatic fashion...) Another would be slow, graceful movements that are sometimes stretched over a few seconds of the music. Sometimes, even during a slow song, when the singer is rejoicing, the dancer may jump up and down, with hands outstretched to the ceiling, or they may turn with arms outstretched as in celebration. When the song mentions a struggle, you may see the dancer trudging as if there is a heavy weight on their back, or if it mentions fighting, you may see them pushing against an invisible barrier. Lyrical is mostly about emotion. Emotion in the movements and evoking emotions in your audience. If this is your first time choreographing, go back to youtube and watch other examples of lyrical pieces to get an idea of how to put together your own. (and by no means do I mean steal choreography, although I don't think you would, lol) Just pay close attention to how the dancers make their music come alive through their movements. Dance from your heart and I'm sure it will be great! :) Hope this helps! Best wishes!! :)

Beavis Beavis
I would define it as the ability to manipulate words in such a way that would really impress you. Multis really help make a rapper "lyrical". The most obvious difference is style and delivery. Some of the rappers you mentioned would be considered better lyricists than others because of their clever way of presenting their subject matter. I think sometimes a beat demands for a rapper to "go H.A.M.", but this isn't always the case. Good production doesn't enhance a rapper's ability to construct a complex/clever rhyme. I value subject matter over everything else. Subject Matter > Lyricism
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Zoey Zoey
Multis, rhyme scheme, wordplay, being able to tell a story, vocab, etc. I suppose subject matter plays into it. Lil Wayne is far more punchline heavy than ATCQ, though I sometimes notice that Q-Tip's flow influenced Wayne's. Kanye has nothing in common with Rae lyrically.
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Sherisse Sherisse
I feel if someone thinks a rapper is lyrical for them then that's all that counts no matter who it is. If that's how you think then that's all that counts. Some rappers have more complex lyrics than others I guess that would be the only difference
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Penina Penina
A beat doesn't matter. Being lyrical means u don't rap about killing doing drugs or banging girls in a literal way. U can say it metaphorically but that's no the point. When u rap lyrically it means that u have good metaphors similes and word plays that can make someone laugh or relate to it
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Penina Originally Answered: How is this rap I wrote? (story telling/lyrical)?
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