In Hip Hop context, how would you define the title, Lyricist? Here’s my submission:
Lyricist [lir–uh-sist] : One whom is endowed with the ability to express popular thought and perception through the skillful execution of rhyme sequences, patterns, and constructs all while adhering to the sacred tenants of Hip Hop culture.
This definition explains [Coney Island] Brooklyn, New York City’s, Torae Carr exquisitely. As a polished Emcee, Torae has committed himself to an undeniable consistency over the years by delivering lyrical craftwork that is replete with formidable punchlines and observations that go straight to the heart, mind, and soul of his fans. And to reinforce the complimentary perceptions of those of us that comprise his loyal fan base, our celebrated TorGuide has blessed us with, Entitled; a full length project that satisfies the expectations of even the most unforgiving Hip Hop music critic. From “Get Down” to “C.I.’s Finest” to the “Shoutro,” Torae takes us on an explorative journey of his own maturation, offering disclosure along the way through his lyrical prowess about his life experiences, love, and loss.
Torae has borrowed a page from the golden playbook of our Hip Hop transcending elder statesmen/women by pursuing and mastering fields outside of the culture. And like these legends, his journey of self-exploration and maturation through music has prepared him for the realization of his life’s path. And as he has showed us through his hard work, sacrifice, and determination over the years, he’s not just deserving of all of the good things that are to come for he and his family, he’s Entitled.
Visit https://www.mixcloud.com/TCOHHL_Radio/tcohhl-radio-the-torae-chapter-101415/ to hear our interview with Torae.
-D.D. Turner, Founder – #TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend)