Does hip-hop/rap equal rock/pop as a genre that requires true musical talent?
September 28, 2012 5:59 AM Subscribe
Help settle a contentious argument: friend argues that hip-hop/rap requires less talent than rock/pop, and that the true measure of talent is being able to stand on a stage with nothing but a guitar and microphone. This doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know hip-hop/rap well. Is this a valid position? Are there any musicians in rap and hip-hop that defy this?
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I spent a while arguing that hip-hop/rap is an equal genre to pop and rock with my friend who insists that those genres require less talent than rock and pop. His position was that singing ability and ability to play an instrument are the real determinants of what a quality musician is, absent any production/voice altering like autotune/etc. But isn't rap a skill as difficult as playing an instrument? Can't hip-hop be just as quality as say, Radiohead? Are there any musicians in hip-hop/rap that are on a depth and musicianship level with rock talents like Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles? Are there any resources online that would have any analysis of this issue? Or am I completely off-base? Thanks for any input.