Once feared dead, it feels like we're once again living in an age of lyricism, where emcees who are devoted to the craft of writing, who pour over every syllable of every word that they say, are once again grabbing hip-hop's spotlight.
Joyner Lucas is one of those rappers. Fresh off the release of his Along Came Joyner album, the Worcester, MA emcee sat down with Nathan S. of DJBoothTV to really dig into his writing process. What one song does he think really respresents him as an artist? That'd be "Opposites Attract" (see above). What's the hardest he ever worked on getting a song's lyrics right? That'd be the narrative "Ross Capachioni" (see below). How did he come up with the concept of "Back Words," a track where he raps the same lyrics forwards and backwards? Joyner breaks it down below.
This is what talking to a true practicioner of their craft sounds like. Lyrics matter, dig in....
[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer/video+radio+podcast host. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.]