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Published on December 8th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks


Six Rappers That Hip Hop Needs To Be Thankful For

As people across the country take the time to think about what they’re grateful for – or stage a protest against colonizers, take your pick – it’s time to pay tribute to some of the rappers we’re thankful for.

Whether they changed the game for the better – or the worse – or whether they just put a new flavor on that old thing, and especially if they changed popular culture forever, these rappers deserve more than their fair share of props.

1. Outkast

Outkast was often imitated but never duplicated, he was far from the first to give a funky sound to Hip Hop – however, they somehow managed to take Afrika Bambaata and Grandmaster Flash’s other-worldly look, in combination with a distinctly Southern sound, along with a little funk, and created a genre-bending style of Hip Hop which is still cited as influential today.

2. Snoop Dogg

As he first burst onto the scene spitting 16 on “Deep Cover,” ‘heads knew he was going places. Now, we are all surely able to say that Snoop Dogg has become a mainstay in the game meanwhile keeping it Doggy-style.

3. Rapsody

Unfortunately, Rapsody did not get her due at the height of her career despite the fact that no female rapper could match her lyrical flow. However, she’s getting her flowers now, while she’s still alive to smell them, so that’s something to be grateful for.

4. Kool G Rap

Although Kool G Rap is an OG that never got to enjoy mainstream recognition, he is still cited as an influence in the boom-bap style of Hip hop music. And as a little fun fact, his trademark lisp can be heard as a sample in the hit song, “Poison.”

5. Childish Gambino

From critical indie darling to a young Lando Calrissian, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover is a man of many faces. And without even trying, he released one of the most revolutionary videos — and accompanying songs — of our time, “This Is America.“

6. Flying Lotus

A trippy multi-genre artiste in the truest sense of the word, Flying Lotus is not only a musician and a filmmaker, he’s also the founder of the nerd-sexy Brainfeeder record label. Even Kendrick Lamar pays his respects.

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