News: Clipse's Pusha T Leaves Unwritten Raps To Jay-Z, "Freestyling Lyrics W/ No Depth Is Stupid To Me"

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Clipse's Pusha T recently compared his method of writing raps to the freestyle techniques of rappers like Jay-Z.

Pusha thinks that rappers who boast about not writing down their words and resort to freestyling their rhymes may be sacrificing quality.

"I have the coolest little writing journal. I love to just blackout in it, and I can't wait! It's like everything. I'm just taking on all beats and all types of sh*t and just spilling," Pusha said about his pen game. "To me, not too many people are good at freestyling. Everyone always talks about how they freestyle lyrics. Freestyling lyrics with no depth is stupid to me. That's corny. I can do that. I've done it, and it's never as detailed as it could be. Someone like Jay-Z that does that has mastered it. People try to mimic, but they don't understand, you can mimic the process but you have to master it to have that type of effect. I freestyle melodies. I'll find a melody by just vibing with a record, but not actual lyrics. That's a puzzle." (Artist Direct)

Rap newcomer Drake recently spoke on avoiding unwritten raps.

"I'll never forget how nervous I was," Drake explained in an interview when he freestyled from his BlackBerry phone. "It was such a rookie hip-hop moment -- and, obviously, the controversy of me pulling out my phone and rapping off my phone because I just wasn't prepared. A lot of people don't know the difference between freestyle or off the top and coming to a radio show knowing you got to go there, so you got verses cued up in your head, whether they be off your upcoming album or verses just that you have laying around. A lot of artists get that preparation time...I'm a writer, man. I appreciate the elements of hip-hop. I appreciate a guy like Common who goes city to city and just spits at the crowd for 10 minutes about everything he sees. I admire talent like that, because that's just not my creative process." (MTV)

Rapper Nicki Minaj also addressed the negative feedback she received from performing her BET Hip-Hop Awards 2009 freestyle based off written rhymes.

"How many people on that cypher do you think spit off the top of their head?," Minaj asked in an interview last fall. ""I don't write off the top of my head. I can't come up with those punch lines and metaphors off the top of my head. Everybody besides KRS-One, who else can you name that spit off the top of their head -- The only thing that matters is that I wrote on a paper and memorized it." (iPower921)

Earlier this month, Pusha addressed a speculated Jay-Z diss from Blueprint III's "Thank You" track.

"People have been asking me about that," Pusha T explained in an interview. "I don't know. I don't know man. Jay-Z 'has' to like The Clipse. He raps. He's a rapper, he has to like The Clipse. Come on, he's heard us before. He knows we're good." (VIBE)

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