If you ever find yourself having to explain to an alien what exactly gives Hip-Hop its distinctive voice, all you have to remember is that the power is in the words. Unlike nearly every other genre of music where melody and vocal influxes play a huge factor on the quality of song, a rapper’s biggest assets is what they say and how creatively they can say it. The ability to paint motion pictures with rhyming words isn’t a talent to be taken for granted. It’s a talent worth sculpting an award to from granite.
Until the unwritten moratorium is lifted from allowing emcees to speak their mind on the radio without a dance track in their corner, quality verses will continue to go unheard but TSS Crew are respecting the fresh from five top-shelf speeches of song this year. Salute to everybody carrying on tradition by word of mouth.