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In 2014, there are a great number of tools in rap. Of course there's Pro Tools, the audio recording and editing program with roots that reach back to the year 1984 according to Wikipedia, that most rappers use to put their vocals on top of instrumentals. There's backing tracks, which Wikipedia succinctly describes as "an audio or MIDI recording that musicians play or sing along to in order to add parts to their music which would be impractical to perform live." There are those who consider Vanilla Ice (Wikipedia) to be the biggest tool in hip-hop.
But the truth of the matter is, the best tool in hip-hop is Wikipedia itself. The online, crowd-sourced, frequently-updated encyclopedia is useful to those who are eager to learn about hip-hop's history, Hip Hop, the music executive, or even Hip Hop, the Royce da 5'9 song. What Complex has also found in spending countless hours combing through Wikipedia's many, many entries, is a number of really obscure facts most fans probably don't know. So join ItsTheReal now as they break down 15 Things We Learned By Reading Rappers' Wikipedia Pages.
Written by Eric and Jeff Rosenthal (@ItsTheReal)
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