What Artistic Movements Do These Rappers Exemplify?
Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces have fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream.
Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the differences between, say, Aesop Rock and 2 Chainz are so stark, they got us thinking: Of ten of the most important artistic movements in history, which rapper best exemplifies each? This is science, folks!
Closely reading lyrics often helps pierce the mentation of the songwriter. In Aesop Rock's case, close reading is more likely to confuse than anything, and that's okay. Like abstract expressionism, where it is useless to try to understand individual brushstrokes that the artist likely doesn't fully understand himself, Aesop pulls together masses of seemingly unrelated allusions and references for the sake of the entire song. Although a song like "Daylight" doesn't make sense when read like an essay, it has a powerful overarching tone that pulls the disparate parts together.