To my big surprise I actually quite like it
I guess the best way to justify this is the excuse that I used to like Spark's Hello Young Lover despite where large amount of songs on that album being spoken word (I have recently downgraded that album from Hex F to Hex C due to the spoken word nature but I still like that album)
a) Despite the songs being spoken words. The songs are still melodic due to the melodies being in supporting instruments. The melodies are transferred from the vocals which now function as percussion to the strings or other instruments
b) There's a thick arrangement and interesting prduction that are interesting in of it self. Even if you mute the vocals the songs would be intersting to listen to.
c) Despite the superficial repetition of the songs. The music has a sense of dramatic arc of beginning, climax, ending. There is a sense of musical jouurney in the album
d) There is still songs with great vocal melodies
I felt when I was listening to this album that it would be hypocritical for me to forgive Sparks for it's spoken word nature while damning this album for being a rap album
Regarding the rapping/lyrics - I just treat the rapping as a percussive instrument and I am unable to distinguish the lyrics of any rap album without reading the lyrics sheet.
As an added bonus when I first listened to this 2010 when I had no idea what was progressive rock. Now that I'm familiar with that genre, listening to the opening song of Kanye West album and hearing Jon Anderson from Yes singing from an underrated Mike Oldfield gave me a big smile. Of course the famous 21st century schizoid man reference in Power which is a great song with a great vocal melodic riff, great sampled bass line and head nodding rhythmic drive that kicks arse. most songs on the album have a vocal melody chorus like most pop songs that still gives me some melodies to hang on inbetween the rapping. Ultimately it's still a pop album
Does this make me more interested in rap music?
The answer is still no.
The reality is that I like this album despite the fact it is a rap album rather than because of it.
Hello Young Lovers and Twisted Dark Fantasy would have been a better album if they replace the spoken word/rapping with developed vocal melodies.
I mean if you write great instrumental music and rap on top of it, it still be a great piece of music to listen to but it's greatness has nothing to do with the rapping from my point of view.
BTW I listened to Kendrick Lemar Pimp a butterfly and Good Kid, MAAD City due to Rate Your music high ranking and I hated those two album. Sampling jazz instead of rock music. lack of melodic hook to grab on to. It's really not for me.