If you compare Rakim’s way of rapping to those of other classic 80s rappers, then there is an obvious difference. He was not shouting his words with high energy, but was more relaxed and rapped slower than his peers while using internal rhymes. Not to mention with help from the amazing DJ Eric. B, the duo were one of the first to sample “soul” music in their recordings and took the art of live turntable mixing to another level. Before Eric B. & Rakim, there were not alot of rappers who created complex internal rhymes. He ignored bar lines, and had a jazz -like tone to his lyrical style. Flash forward to the present, and Eric B. & Rakim’s innovative technique can still be heard in today’s rap music. Their permanent mark on music started with the Paid In Full album in 1987 with legendary songs like “Eric B Is President”, “I Ain’t No Joke”, and the “Paid In Full” single. Considered one of the greatest albums of all times by many music analysts, Paid in Full, is an example of a blueprint for a new style of rapping that was not prevalent before. The duo has influenced many other legendary artists such as Nas, Wu Tang Clan, and Jay-Z. In today’s era, they are probably your favorite rapper’s rapper…timeless artists that will always have new fans/listeners in every generation as well.
Scientists have been trying to understand the expansion of the universe, and here is a recent photo of 1.2 million galaxies in only a quarter of the known universe. The map was created by BOSS ( Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey) scientists. How interesting that this 3D map only shows millions of the galaxies that is 650 cubic billion light years….it is estimated that there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the universe. Of course, beings on other planets and in different galaxies may not look like how we portray them in Sci-fi movies, but how can we deny that there is probably (9 times out of 10) life in other parts of our Universe? Our Milky Way galaxy is just one of billions of galaxies that contain planets. So, it is very intriguing to just ponder on what creations and existing life forms reside in other parts of the Universe. Astronomy is so interesting and worth learning about. This map is truly amazing….it’s not a cluster of stars we’re looking at…but galaxies. Wow.
Hyperrealism artwork, which is an advancement of Photorealism, often creates an illusion that resembles reality in such a detailed way. Some subject matter of hyperrealist style artwork includes social, political, and cultural themes. Hyperrealism started as a independent art movement in the U.S and Europe in the early 70s, and some of the amazing artists of this particular style includes Duane Hanson, Ron Mueck, Peter Anton, Denis Peterson, and Paul Cadden. I love Hyperrealism artwork, and here are some interesting and intriguing examples of just how brilliant Hyper-Realistic creations can be.