You're right that it's best to have the fundamentals down, but in this particular case I really think gain structure is a non issue. The song is constructed from synths and samples, over which the OP has successfully recorded a vocal that sounds fine to me. He's also mixed it pretty well -- yes there's some room for improvement but it's no beginner effort.
Many vocalists like to hear themselves with compression, and as long as nothing's clipping, there is no reason not to use a software compressor to get the sound right in the headphones and inspire the rapper or singer to deliver a good performance.
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No, nothing wrong with that, but if it's being used to adjust the recorded level then it's potentially masking problems further up the chain. I still say the fundamentals need to be in place - without a compressor to muddy the waters - then he can move forward.
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