Where's the line? What's the difference between someone who tries to rap, succeeds at spitting crazy-hot shit to a beat, and might eventually fall off and fuck up, or never make a song that makes people feel good at the malt-shop sock-hop... ...and someone who tries to rap, but can't, and just keeps doing it anyway, but never fails because there's no lyrical, financial or reputation risk involved in making "songs" in the Elton John sense? Why is one penalized for succeeding at actually rapping most of the time, and the other exalted by rap fans for comparatively failing at rapping almost all of the time, and compensating for this failure by resting their laurels entirely on music, the way other genres and expressive mediums would need to, due to having none of the phonetic engineering and audible plasticity that hip-hop exemplifies in the first place? ...and why are artists who can do all of the above - all the sing-song ching-chong, thematic conceptualization stuff and actual rapping in far more impressive ways - not on a pedestal even higher than the song-writer who can count to 16 with his Mother-Goose rhymes when he needs to? Except Andre: He must be the highlander 'cause there can be only one. Basically... why do people call amazing rappers mediocre, mediocre rappers musical geniuses, and rap music geniuses irrelevant?