The Art of Rhyme
Ever since he was a child Mykel has been fascinated with the art of rhyme and the artistic and creative use of the English language.
In this animated piece, he describes his dedication to perfecting his art through rap and hip-hop where constant rhyme is no longer a restriction and each syllable and phrase flows into a harmonious melody.
MYKEL MIFSUD: From as soon as I could talk I've been told I take things too literally, but I think it's only out of respect for the English language.
Too many people use words that just don't carry the meaning of what they're trying to get across and that's where it began.
Hip Hop music sends me into a trance, an altered state of consciousness.
It's when constant rhyme is no longer a restriction and each syllable flows off the tongue with perfection.
A stream of language communicated by masters of the spoken word, each phrase carefully selected to accompany the spine trembling bass and harmonious melody.
Ever since being introduced to rhyming couplets as a child, I've had an interest that has developed into the appreciation of the often self indulgent Battle Raps, a showcase of the artist's imagination, with tales of lyrical ability manifesting into a physical force not to be reckoned with.
It's the deeply encrypted notions pouring into your mind, you pause, taking a moment to decipher the metaphoric speech before it registers in a sudden awakening.
That's the buzz, allowing your mind to be blown away, storming the front of your imagination and pushing it to the limit. A lot of people only see Rap music as gangsters and drug dealers in the ghetto but it is so much more.
To me Rap is the appreciation and respect for the art of rhyme.
That's why it's more than an interest or hobby, more than the bass shaking my windows, more than the voices of Diabolic, Big Al, Big Pun and Necro echoing out of my bedroom. That's why I sacrifice hours of sleep every night dedicated to perfecting my art.