The verdict is still out on Desiigner's future, but the G.O.O.D Music signee is dead set on making clear it won't include rapping.
In an appearance on TIDAL's “DNA” video series, the Brooklyn native discussed the importance of not accepting a narrow classification like "rapper":
“None of my dudes I chill with are rappers. I don’t put us as rappers. We’re all artists,” said Desiigner. “In the G.O.O.D. Music camp, we all come around and we show ourselves and present ourselves as artists only.”
Let the record show that, while the words 'artist' and 'rapper' are interchangeable, they do have very different meanings. The components of rap are simple: content, flow, and delivery. The components of being a recording artist, however, are more all-encompassing. Given that Desiigner has a flow and delivery unlike any other rapper, save for that Future guy, it's no wonder he'd prefer to be called an artist. He clearly believes the original material he is composing, recording and releasing (the definition of a recording artist) is more likely to succeed if its creator is an artist, not just a rapper.
There's obviously a much larger conversation to be had about how a hip-hop artist is defined in 2016, one that suddenly involves knowing hip-hop's history, but Desiigner isn't the first, nor will he be the last, artist to separate from the "rapper" tag.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.
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