With some frequency, people (generally those without much exposure to good hip hop) ask me why I like it so much. They often have a pretty one-sided and stereotypical notion of what the music is all about. I don’t have time to articulate my full response in this post. But one of my top reasons is lyricism – the bliss of wordplay, rhyme scheme, and flow.
This video, where Homeboy Sandman waxes poetic on the skills of Black Thought of The Roots, captures the joy of jaw-dropping lyricis (I’d recommend skipping to 1:13).