Being described as the ‘most lyrical rapper of all time’ would be a career defining compliment for any hip-hop artist. But does it count when you say it about yourself?
This is the dilemma Lil Pump has recently sparked with a – probably jokey, definitely bold – proclamation over Twitter.
Tweeting to his 1.19 million followers, the 18-year-old Harverd Dropout rapper boasted:
It’s scientifically proven that I’m the most lyrical rapper of all time.
The peer reviewed scientific paper supporting this assertion has not yet been cited, however it is still a theory capable of sparking lively debate among fans.
It’s scientifically proven that I’m the most lyrical rapper of all time
— Lil pump (@lilpump) January 29, 2019
One person raged:
You’re not even the most lyrical rapper among least lyrical rappers.
Other Twitter scholars accused him of having overly repetitive lyrics, with one skeptical social media academic sneering:
You have a song with you saying the same 15 words chill.
You're not even the most lyrical rapper among least lyrical rappers
— ¥OHANA 帝玛 🇷🇼 (@MrHumbleVillain) January 29, 2019
— Jacob Rodriguez (@07_jrod) January 29, 2019
gucci gang (x7)
a true lyrical mastermind
— KEN (@kennedymcox) January 29, 2019
Quiet Pump, you probably got a ghostwriter for this tweet
— TAXO (@taxo__) January 29, 2019
you have a song with you saying the same 15 words chill
— collinnn 🏄🏼♂️💫 (@collinstanton20) January 29, 2019
Now, Lil Pump already has a sizeable discography for such a young artist, but it’s really way too early in his career to describe himself as the anything ‘of all time’. Particularly when you consider how many lyricists were paving the way before the Gucci Gang rapper was even born.
Do you agree with Lil Pump’s pumped-up self assessment, or do you think he needs to learn to respect his elders?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.