Well i dont know about everywhere else but here in australia the basis of hip hop music is about lyrical technique and skill, we dont tend to go around talking about our gangs, drive by's, money, killing people, slappin *******, because our part of the world is very different for example if you claim to be in a gang your letting everyone know your ****house at a good old fashion game of 1 on 1 "knuckles up" if you do a drive by you prove that your a dog who runs off after attacking someone, if you rap about money (some prick will try robbing you haha) and you will sound like a homo, if you rap about killing you will either sound like a liar or an idiot who has confessed to a crime (u jst gave the cops something to hold against you in court) we dont "slap *******" if you physically disrespect a woman you would want to hope noone has seen it and she doesnt go telling anyone or else you will have first hand experience on what its like to be inside an ambulance. im not dissing american music im just saying where i live is extremely different so our hip hop is different you could say "the same but different" same style of beats we use MPC's we like to bust freestyles and do graffiti and breakdance and dj but its in our own way. since we dont rap about things we havent done or dont beleive in we speak the truth and base our styles around technique, to all begginer MC's why dont you give some poetic techniques a try, i will use some of my lyrics as examples for poetic techniques.
example 1. Metaphor: saying something is something it isnt - in a song i wrote about graffiti art i talked about a train coming along the tracks going around the bends and curves and our trains are silver so in the song i refered to the train as "the silver serpant" (its a metaphor its not really a silver serpant but its silver and the winding around the hills and valleys makes it almost like a silver snake slithering along) not only is it a poetic technique it has proven you actualy think about the stuff your rhyming about.
example 2. Similie: saying something is the same as something else using the word LIKE or AS - in one of my songs i used the term "like a whacked out junkie your "missing the point"" its using a similie to tell someone they are missing the point of what im saying but im putting it into a funny little comparison with a junkie who is missing the point of a needle in his or her vein (missing the needle - missing the point)
example 3. Onomatopoea: using words like "pop" or "click" what can i say these words can add an obvious effect to your lyrics (this isnt something you would tend to use so much in a rhyme but you might find yourself once or twice using this)
example 4. punn: a pun is a play on words, i dont know about the rest of the world but over here a little plastic bag that you keep marijuana in is called a "sappy bag" so in one of my rhymes i used it as a pun and my lyrics went "im no sappy bag, but you could call me a dope wrapper" (dope wrapper - dope rapper - the sappy bag is like the packet weed comes in so its almost as if its the wrapper. ive made it sound as if i have said im a "dope rapper")
another example of a pun is this quote from the same rhyme "you couldent ROCK A MIC if you smashed one with a boulder" ... i duno i suppose if you threw a boulder really hard at a mic on the ground it would be classed as "rocking the mic" ? haha
im just sayin to some up and coming MC's give this stuff a try, not alot of international hip hop uses poetic techniques and if you wana defend the music you love how can you if your writing poetry without any poetic techniques, hence the reason people think hip hop is crap. well over here people actually love the hip hop because theres truth in it and lyrical skills.
but everyone has their own opinion, some people would just to prefer to hear gangster ****. so this is my attempt at writing something gangster for all those who dont use poetic techniques. here is some australian gangster rap....
"Im gunna snap ya, right hooks will fukn crack ya, fracture ya back betta ring your chairophractor, hip hop has elements well im the soul factor, making earth move like a farmer with a tractor, slicin necks like claws from a velocer raptor, your life story only consists of one chapter, my eye from the sky like sauron i will track ya, attack ya, on ya bloody PC or Mac brahh!"