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4. Lyrical Dexterity

Although hip-hop began with the DJ, adroitness on the microphone followed fast behind. While emcees from the West Coast were renowned for embroiling beef in gangsta rap, dispensing street narratives about the harsh realities that littered the ages, emcees on the East were known for putting hardcore rhymes, punchlines, and metaphors at the forefront. Nas, Raekwon, Big L, KRS-One, Rakim, the list goes on and on and on.

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