Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers’ influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 Chainz are so stark, they got us thinking: Of ten of the most important artistic movements in history, which rapper best exemplifies the movement’s qualities? Continue on to see what our completely scientific examination revealed.
Abstract Expressionism: Aesop Rock
In general, closely reading lyrics often helps pierce the mentation of the songwriter. In Aesop Rock’s case, close reading is more likely to confuse than anything, and that’s okay.