5. Listen to the words. By that, I mean pay attention to what’s being said, not only how it’s being said. Sometimes the most obvious messages are hidden in the plainest wrappers. (See what I did there?)
4. Don’t compare artists. As much as you’d like to, it’s impossible to put any 2 artists in the same box. If they do fit in the same proverbial space, though, it’s more than likely that the latter one is a shameless facsimile, whether they willingly admit it or not.
3. Open your mind. Every rap dude can’t be the most lyrical, & every MC isn’t here to convince you of his/her ubiquitous super villain status. Gucci Mane, for instance, is awesome at being Gucci Mane. I’d rather him not try to teach me anything other than what skrippers eat & how he sells his drugs. & in the same vein, Kid Cudi can’t sell me a booty song. Mos Def, definitely, but not Kid Cudi. No way.
2. Allow it to be entertainment. Simple & plain. Think of it as the difference between a feature film & a documentary; it’s only as true as your perception.
1. Stop hating. (Whatever the hell that means.)