If legibility was a requirement for good music, Bob Dylan, your favorite lo-fi indie rockers, and any music in a different language, from opera to salsa, would be in trouble. But really, if you actually take the time to listen, rap isn't that hard to understand for all but the oldest and most out-of-touch.

And luckily, as hip-hop continues to splinter into a million different microgenres and nanomovements, it's easier than ever to window-shop for a rapper who you can understand—one that speaks to you and your lifestyle. There's Macklemore for earnest Irish kids. PSY, for portly K-Pop fans. Yung Berg, for victims of bullying. Even Jay Z, for middle-aged millionaires. And worse comes to worse, you can always go to Rap Genius, genius.