10 Ways Wild Style Influenced Hip Hop

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Provoked Lyrical Thought

And of course, one of the preeminent ways to know that something has made a lasting impact on the culture is to put it in a rhyme. Many MCs have paid homage to Wild Style in rhyme — Rakim, Nas, Big L, Immortal Technique, and Common, for example, the first of whom spit this in his song "Guess Who's Back": "It's the return of the Wild Style fashionist/Smashin' hits, make it hard to adapt to this."

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