There’s no single definition for corniness. In hip-hop, it’s a common slur for artists with “dishonest” lyrics, fake images, and empty value. Some rappers are corny because they were not inspired by the prevailing cultural trends, while others are corny because of their persona and opinions about a certain topic.
Some rappers have corny lyrics, while others have an ear for punchlines. For instance, Run DMC has a song with lyrics about eating dog food, ordering McDonald’s instead of KFC, and forgetting to watch a sports event. Jay-Z’s lyrics are about crocodile-skin upholstery. Ludacris excels in punchlines, and Insane Clown Posse has a song about science.
Another example of corny lyrics in rap songs is Lil Dicky’s “I’m a white dude” – a white rapper who makes the whole genre look like a farce. Lil Dicky is one example of an unintentionally corny rap song. You don’t have to be a hip-hop fan to recognize when a song is rife with corny lyrics.
If the lyrics are too repetitive or are too long, they’re most likely corny. Rap lyrics need to be fresh and exciting, and should change every four bars. If they don’t, they’ll get boring quickly. Try to vary the flow, cadence, rhyme scheme, and intensity every once in a while to break up the monotony. If you can’t do this, it’s time to move on to another genre of music.