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If Jay-Z had his way back in , this list would be too brief to warrant compiling. But the industry had different plans. His catalogue contains some of the most potent imagery and lucid storytelling about poverty and the desperation that it breeds, all while dominating mainstream pop music, in a delicate tightrope act that almost no one else has ever been able to manage for the span of time that Jay has. His merging of thinking-man street raps with commercial hits paved the way for artists like Kendrick Lamar and J.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad — but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. From pop hooks to album covers to beats, we're rounding up some of the greatest of all time in music on Billboard. We spent months discussing, researching and reflecting on music from artists old and new, considering everything from sales to impact to innovation to longevity. The results won't please everyone — and that's as it should be. Everyone has their own takes on the greatest in music — this is ours. Creating the perfect beat is a combined matter of timing, creative genius and just the right rapper to complement it. Read on for our countdown of the top 10 hip-hop beats of all time.
All of the lessons presented in Writing Academic Rhymes can be completed with or without music. If you decide to have a culminating performance, you should probably give your students a sense of how to choose a beat and structure a complete song. This kind of assignment may work best as an extra-credit assignment. Most of the time, you should have your students write over a particular beat from beginning to end. If they write without a beat, it's going to take a lot more work to try to get their lyrics to fit with the music once that element is added. So have them pick a beat first.