If the sorry state of the current pop music charts have taught us anything, it’s that there’s more that goes into producing great music than just getting your songs played on the radio. You’ve gotta have the beat, you’ve gotta have the swagger, but most importantly, you’ve gotta have the lyrics. More than anything, lyrics can make or break an artist, and the emotive and poignant songwriters of the world are most often the ones who manage to truly connect with their audience. With that in mind, we wanted to take a long look at the world of hip hop and isolate some artists we feel make an effort to craft some truly spectacular lyrics, and commend them for taking the time to inject a little poetry into an art form (making music) that’s been stripped of so much of its creativity in recent years. So this is Goliath bringing you 10 Unbelievable Hip Hop Lyricists.
10. Childish Gambino
Some of you reading this may be more familiar with Childish Gambino from his acting career (he moonlights as Donald Glover, comedian and star of work like Community), but this fairly recent addition to the hip hop game has an unreal flow and his lyrics stand with the best of them. Despite his relative freshness, Childish Gambino already has three acclaimed studio albums to his name (2011’s Camp, 2014’s Because The Internet and 2015’s STN MTN/Kauai) and a massive catalogue of independently released mix tapes and LP’s. Childish Gambino, who drew his stage name from an online Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator, is writing some of the fiercest lyrics we’ve seen in quite some time. For proof of that matter, readers should check out singles like “Freaks and Geeks”, “Bonfire”, and “3005” (the last of which was nominated for a Best Rap Performance Grammy Award).