Rap is a music genre.Its hated by many people that believe in the stereo type that only blacks make rap and its always about shooting cops, drugs, money and sex. Which leads to another stereo type that says all blacks like rap...
1.Not all blacks like rap.
2.Rap's not only for Blacks.
3.Not all rap is about money drugs and sex...
4.Not all people who like rap are black
People who don't like rap, usually say
"Rap is crap that has artists like 50 Cent."
These are people who know nothing about rap, and judge it by what they see on TV.
If you REALLY know what rap is then you'd know 50 Cent sucks balls and isn't a good rapper at all.See the people who like rap, and actually understand rap know 50 Cent is not a good rapper.Rap is poetry, despite what any other person says. Rap is like poetry with attitude,poetry with a bit of gangsterism. Look at Mos Def. That is a real rapper. Somebody like 50 Cent or Cassidy has nothing on somebody like Mos Def.
Most people say that rap degrades women. I don't really think so, because people need to realize..
A bitch is a bitch.
A hoe is a hoe.
A whore is a whore.
And a lady is a lady.
Rap has something called a beat to it, something that sounds catchy and something you can dance to.For instance Tupac's California Love is something you can dance to. And anybody that tries to say thats not a good song...well isnt there a rock song that goes "I've got 2 tickets to paradise, pack your bags we'll leave tonight."
Some people say rap is senseless and doesnt talk about anything.
Wake up people thats what music is.
The ability to say express yourself, and it just so happens rap expresses itself more than others.And anybody who doesn't like rap, thats fine, but dont talk shit about it when you don't even know about it.
I've said enough above...
by The Intelligent August 16, 2005
Rap music is another evolution of American music. Like all true American music, it originates with African Americans, follows little to none of the "classic" rules of European music, and pays no homage to the majority culture. Rap music IS was rock n' roll WAS, the music of rebellion. It has been adopted as one of the musics of choice by poor city dwellers in almost every urban center of the Western World. Ironically, rock n' roll was a previous expression of African American music, later accepted and adopted (or co-opted) by the mainstream culture. The same may yet occur with rap, at which point poor African Americans will develop some other music form.

Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc moved to New York in the late 1960's and brought with him the Jamaican tradition of "toasting", which involved reciting improvised rhymes over instrumental sections of reggae records. He used twin turntables and cut back and forth between two seperate records to create a new sound. He would chant things like "Throw your hands in the air/And wave'em like ya just don't care!". This type of crowd pleaser was known as "rapping" to the crowd. At that time rap was not yet known as 'rap' but called 'MCing'. He later turned his attention to DJing and let two friends Coke La Rock and (the orginial) Clark Kent handle the mic. This was rap music's first MC team. They became known as Kool Herc and the Herculoids.
Those who say it's not music, or that it's "ghetto music", have no connection with the history of THEIR own rock music - making them cultural bastards.
by Lived_It August 08, 2005
The rap on (MTV) is truly PISS (and I have the same opinion about almost everything on MTV, so I'm not being '(racist)'. I am a '(hater)' but that's because I hate (mainstream) bullshit of every kind).
(50 Cent) - how the fuck did this bland loser get so popular. G-Unit my ass.

BUT, I know a few real, underground rappers, and these guys I DO respect a lot. They do it for the love, and it's genuine expression. It's *almost* poetry (no it ain't like conventional poetry at all people - rap doesn't translate well on paper, but neither do any music lyrics).

50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, etc are all shit
So's everything on MTV
But there's good rap out there, you just have to look deeper for it.
by Bliss Me Up March 25, 2006
Rap is a form of art. It is a genre of music which includes strong beats, singing, and often looping sounds.

Rap is often a thing people use to help concentrate*. Many athletes listen to rap before a sporting event to be able to concentrate.

Something needs to be realized about rap, and that is that it doesn't suck. People scattered across the internet are assuming the following:

"I haven't listened to rap..."

"I am assuming rap isn't good..."

"I am assuming that all it includes is talking really fast into a microphone..."

"Rap sucks."

Yet, these same, ignorant, people are the people who get upset when other people complain about rock and/or metal. They are saying that "Rap is a stoopidz from od "mosic," and generalizing that. Then, people say, "In my opinion...well, I don't know...rock is a good genre of music, but I kind of prefer rap..."

What happens now?

Hypocrisy

Hyposricy ensues. Arguments such as "that is generalizing**" occur all the time. Other arguments such as "Like 0mgz r4p promotes sex, violence, gang warfare, drugs..." Yet, this always makes me laugh. Has anyone realized that rock promotes committing suicide? As stated before, hypocrisy is exemplified.

More hypocrisy is found when you realize most people posting here WANT sex...

A majority of people posting as a "definition" of rap are the one's who are ignorant about it.

"Rap takes no talent."

Rap includes Freestyle Rap, which is definitetly NOT an easy thing to do. Freestyle includes quick thinking, custom music, and the ability to talk in a quick paced, stable tone. It is not just talking fast. Going too fast or too slow will ruin a rap. Choosing background music for a rap is not easy either. It has to FIT in.

"Rappers are g4gsters wh0 n33d to b3 sh0t."

Rappers are not gangsters***. The gangster or gangsta background is an image. The image SELLS. The intent of anybody's career is to make money to live. By this statement, rappers succeed in life.

"Rap doesn't take singing...just talking really fast. Rapping takes no musical talent."

Consider looking up the word "tempo." Rapping is not talking fast, it requires metronome, beat, poetry, tempo, and rhythm. All of these are aspects of music, henceforth, rap is music. Creating music takes talent, henceforth, rap takes talent.

I hope that helps clear people's minds up. It sickens me how unintelligent, one sentence long "definitions" are the ones with the most thumbs up. It is also pitiful how if you choose to knock this down with a "thumbs down," you will be biased. Nothing I stated here was an opinion; these are all facts.
*Several athletes have said that they always listen to rap before a sporting event.

**Generalizing can not be done to the genre of rap. In fact, rap is not a genre. It is a culture. There are many, many, many sub-genres of rap. Chances are at least one song on your iPod is a rap. Just because iTunes doesn't classify it as a rap, does it not make it a rap?

***Something needs to be understood about gangsters. Rappers are not gangsters, and chances are (if you live in urban areas), you have never seen a gangster. Gangsters are people who choose to be gangsters as a way for survival. The gangster life is the life of shooting, stealing drugs, robbing, petty theft, felonies... Rappers are not gangsters, and listening to rap or becoming a rapper does not make you a gangster.
by Fra22 December 06, 2005
I dont realy know much shit bout rap but i know that loads of people have different interpretations of the meaning. I heard by one of my friends whos been a MC for around 8 yrs that it means (Rhythmic Artisic poetry. Common is what you call a rapper, Kanye is what you call a rapper, because they talk like poets in their lyrics. Others like 50 cent......What a fucking dickhead....I think he's sooo hypocritical...I think i have only heard 1 or 2 songs in all his albums that say something positive like ''too much violence or get rid of guns.'' He always cares about how gangsta he is or how much of a badboy he is, and how much cash he can fit in his trousers. Rappers like common and Kanye West are who i look up to. On Kanye's album, he has one song where he is talkin bout how much he cares for his mum, and what she has done for him when he was a child, and so on and so forth.....Do you ever see 50 cent doing that..NOO
The music industry is one of the biggest industries in the world....So we gota do sumin special with it...Not just talk bout how much of a badman someone is?...Thats probaly how Ja rule and 50 got into Beef with each other, By being violent, or cussing each other.
I live in England and most people over here are MC's. They always chat about how much cars they have and how much of a badman they are. Its soo silly...YOu cant make it in the music business by saying how much of a gangsta you are....it's been brought up from Gangsta rap....I fucking hate it.
Its true that violence sells.It realy does...Anti-violence music does sell...a little bit...But its nothing compared to violent music....Im trying to figure out how the fuck we're gona get the violent music out of the business. If anyone else has anything to comment on my entry, please do. Feel free.....
I dont have no rap examples
by Disciple89 November 07, 2005
Simply another music genre. Started sometime in the 1970's by the "Sugar Hill Gang" with the song, "Rappers Delight", which was spawned by Disco. 'Funk' beats were originally behind the vocals. In the 1980's, groups like "N.W.A." and "Ice-T" felt the need to get the message across that African-Americans were not being treated with equal rights, so they turned to music. Heavy beats and "hard-core" lyrics were introduced to the music and this was the birth of "Gangster(a)" rap. Then rappers had idea's to release tension from their hard lives or growing up in poverty which led to rappers like "Tupac" and "Biggie". Now days, it is hard to find a rapper who is actually trying to send a message across, most people are just trying to make money or show their verbal skill.
Rap is bashed a lot by narrow minded people. These people like what they want to like and anything different is not worth their time and should not be to any other people. Usually people who like Rock or "Punk". These people can often be found saying things like "Wanna disco with me?"
"Disco is the sex". And what do you know; Disco spawned Rap.
The Rap lyrcist wrote his trouble's down on paper and put a song to it. Now he is making millions and people relate to his troubles.
by [e.99]Miracle August 10, 2005
A genre of music which involves steady beats and rhyming lyrics. Started in the early eighties and became popular with such groups such as Run D.M.C and Public Enemy. Then in the late eighties and early nineties a group named N.W.A. revolutionized the industry when they came up with ganster rap and released "Straight Outta Compton". From there the group spread creating their own groups and labels; Dr. Dre, perhaps the most successful leader of the group started "Death Row Records" with one of the greatest rappers ever, Tupac Shakur. After 2pac's death, Dre officially stated that the era of gansta rap was no more. Nearly every popular rapper on the west coast today is what they are thanks to Dr. Dre; 50 Cent, Eminem, and even The Game. The fact is that rap is not the same today as it was ten, fifteen years ago its changed to almost a complete different genre of music, for example: listen to "Eazy Duz It" and then compare it to "Red Tea" by Crime Mob. Completely different. Rap is generally listened by, but not limited to, African Americans but white people also listen to it as well, also not all African Americans like rap. It can go either way. The thing I hate are stupid ass rednecks and stuck up racists rockers who thinks rap is crap, the only reason they think that is through stereotypes and have probably only listend to a few seconds of some crappy stuff like "Get On My Level" or something by Fat Joe. If they actually sat down and listened to some N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Tupac, and Eazy, I'd guarantee they'd change their minds in an instant. All in all I hope that rap will continue to inspire and entertain us for many years to come.
It'd be a better world if we all listened to rap...
by The Real Definer November 04, 2005
Rap is a genre of music, a poetic, realistic rhyme put to a beat.

It used to be a respectful, decent form of music, however, it has turned bad, into utter crap listened to by posers.

MODERN (CRAP) RAP:
50 Cent/G-Unit
Mike Jones
Lil Jon
Ying Yang Twins (tweedle-dee, tweedle-dum)
All other "Crunk" artists.

CLASSIC (REAL) RAP:
Dr. Dre
RAKIM
Jay-Z
NWA
Snoop Dogg

Rap has since turned into mindless idiots rapping about jewelry, money, prostitutes, wheels, & luxury SUVs.

Yes, old rap is the true definition of rap, not the crap you see on MTV everyday. Rap has promoted: bad treatment of women, selling drugs, wasting money on a Cadillac Escalade, and dropping out of school.

However, I have very little respect and DISLIKE Snoop Dogg very much, because he is a HORRIBLE example for teens everywhere, and (in my opinion) belongs in jail. His music is extremely negative and promotes gangs, crime, drugs, and everything else I mentioned above.

I have the most respect for Dr. Dre, because he's a smart, decent man, with creative ideas. He went somewhere with his life, and does a good job of depicting life for most poor minorities in the ghettos. His work is wonderful, and he deserves many awards.

Too bad this can't be said about most new rappers, although there are some good new rappers, such as: Lupe Fiasco and Eminem.

Rap sucks now..
Rap is good..
not anymore though.
by gplpark92 September 19, 2006

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