Now a days many dont listen to what artists are saying in a song. Its all about hooks and dancing, or about how much a rapper makes. Lyrics is what makes a song. An artist who taught me that was Jay-Z. He is my favorite rapper for a variety of reasons. Not only because of his interesting rhymes, or his successful entreprenuership, but because of what he stands for. An African American who is from Brooklyn, N.Y, lived in the ghetto and came from nothing and made something for himself. It started out with a few raps in marcy projects to becoming an icon in Hollywood, as well as to the world of hip hop. Hip-hop wouldn't be the same without him. If you take his songs and brake down his lines what you will find is freedom of expression mixed with clever lines beyond your understanding.