In 2012 most people who pick up the microphone and claim to want to be an Emcee either imitate Jay Z, Eminem or Lil Wayne. This is ridiculous because these artists have carved out a niche for themselves with a style that they themselves have taken years to perfect. Hip Hop culture has a long tradition which goes back at over three decades with many great artists who have contributed to what we have today. To pick up the mic without knowledge of that rich history is in my opinion disrespectful. I truly believe any artist cannot be a true great without understanding and studying the origins of the culture and those who laid the foundations for the art of Emceeing.
The first lesson of any young artist wishing to be a true great is to study the most important documentary of the culture..Charlie Aherns..”WILDSTYLE”, this is in most people’s opinion the truest representation of the art of Emceeing which shows artists delivering their rhymes in block parties and out in the park long before the arrival of the CIA, MTV and the corporate record companies.