Horrible music. I have some good reasons for having this opinion too.

I used to be around rap all the time, and really.. it all sounded the same. Same beat all the time, and very identical voices (seeing as most rappers are black and have similar voices). The only thing that really changes are the sound effects in the back. Not only that, but most mainstream rap is about, yup - you got it: Sex, drugs, money, violence, racism against whites, and gangsta life. I'm not stereotyping, because I KNOW not all rap is about this. But really.. how many examples can you give besides people such as 2pac, Kayne West or Mos Def?

2pac wasn't really any different from today's rappers. He too made songs about life in the ghettos, and being a gangsta. He made songs about shooting cops, and committing other various crimes. These really aren't some standards I'd want to live by. Wouldn't you agree? And Kayne West... he recently exposed his racist personality by talking about how whites don't care about black people, and how he thinks that everything that happens is because of white people. Mos Def might've been one of the only rappers who did not follow all these stereotypes, but there are few people who listen to him compared to people who listen to shit like 50 Cent, Ludacris, or Nelly.

If you listened to most of today's rap, the songs will always be about either one of the themes mentioned above, but mostly sex. Actual lines in some rap songs include: "I'm in love with a stripper", "It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes", "Shake that ass girl", "I'll let you lick the lollipop", and "Your ass is a masterpiece". I could probably come up with lots more examples if I continued looking. Just goes to show you what most rap is made of.

So therefore, to those of you who are trying to defend rap, why bother? You're telling us to listen to the good stuff like 2pac, Kayne West, Mos Def, etc., but however, you listen to all that gangsta rap shit at the same time. Go out in public, and look around you. See how many people have been possessed by this music. They act like they're "the shit", use curse words in all of their sentences, wear G-Unit clothes, and call themselves "gangstas". If people really listened to the stuff you're telling them to listen to, why do we have so many people who listen to OTHER stuff and follow THEIR standards?

One more thing. To those who defend rap and bash rock/metal, SHUT UP. I'm not stereotyping rap, but YOU'RE stereotyping rock. There are VERY few bands who, as you call it, smash their instruments or scream at the top of their lungs like psychotic lunatics. The bands who do that are usually black metal bands, and black metal is virtually unknown by the public. The same goes for bands who, once again as you call it, make songs about Satan, blood, death, and all those other gruesome themes. That's death metal, which isn't any more popular than black metal. Sure, some of today's modern popular bands DO talk about this stuff, and they DO smash their instruments and scream, and yea, we all know those bands suck, just like 50 Cent does as a rapper. But they don't reflect on the ENTIRE genre. Whereas with rap, almost 2/3 of the genre is about the stereotypical stuff. Seriously, if you're going to attack something, at least be accurate with it.
Face it, rap sucks. The only talent it takes to make rap is to write lots of words and keep it in harmony with the beat. Too bad the words that are used are almost always about sex, drugs, money, and gangstas. I respect those who do not write about this stuff, and actually make their words poetry, but there are few artists who did this.

The only thing rap has going for it is that it's good music to dance to, whereas you can't do that with most rock. However, rock takes lots more talent. You need cooperation of several people to make just ONE song, while rappers don't need anyone - thus his/her job is easier. You need to learn to play instruments, while a rapper only needs to know how to talk/sing on the mic, which in fact IS quite easy to do. Not only that, but rock music is actually VARIED. Rap.. all you have is about 2 or 3 different beats with different sound effects in the back, which can be played by pushing buttons on a machine. NIIICE.
by SomeBadJoke August 04, 2006
The act of talking over a beat. The beat is usually around the same tempo as a rock song and is almost always computer generated, rarely is it spun from vinyl at a concert and even rarer is it produced by an actual percussion instrument. Rap started out as a form of lyrial poetry emphasizing the daily struggles of of life in the American urban society. Rap in the last 15 years, unfortunately, has broken down into a musical genre that has taken it's already limited creativity potential and dropped to an all time low level of ingenuity and creativity in its popular form. For example, Sean "Puffy" Combs and his partner in mediocracy "Mace" proved in the 90's that it is possible to make a success in Rap music without even being able to get past the 1st round of a local Rapping competition. A sad example of where Rap music is today is that many Rap Producers of this generation, such as Timbaland and others, produce music for a "Gangsta" Rapper on month and then Produce the same style of beats for Britney Spears the next month. Popular Rap however is not the only genre at fault. Rap, Rock and Pop music are all plagued with the dominance of Record Companies and the force feeding of music to the public as documented in the recent proven instances of Record Companies paying money to large radio station DJ's to play certain artists' records more than others and sometimes even saturating the listening audience with the same song over and over again which when they are drunk at the club suddenly comes on and everybody goes, "Hey I know this song!" And suddenly the beat and delivery that you knew was shit the first 5 times you heard it on the radio, suddenly relates to you because your drunk and it's familiar.
Puff Daddy sold a million records and even admitted he was a terrible rapper, which he was, further embarrassing the genre and lowering its credibility as a form of music.
by NaibArifMansour January 30, 2007
Genre of music that, on this site, is unfairly described as "inferior" to rock (or vice versa). Unfair, I say, because rock and rap, and all of their infinite subgenres, work off a different set of rules, so it's moot to put them side-by-side and declare one superior. Oh, and by the way, I've heard rumors that other forms of music exist besides rap and rock. Correct me if I'm wrong.

But, since everyone seems intent on comparing them anyway, no one seems to have mentioned the following:

It's useless to criticize rap as requiring next to no musical skill. True - it's harder to play an instrument proficiently than it is to flow well. But if you judge a song by how difficult it is to perform, you're forgetting that, ideally, music is a form of self-expression. If a song moves you, it won't be because, for example, the guitar solo is really fast (although technical skill can definitely augment emotion). Remember, none of the Beatles were great musicians. It was the quality of their songs that connected. The same goes for the best rap. MF Doom probably can't play a C major scale, but who gives a shit? He writes memorable, intelligent songs. Oh yeah, guess who else does? Eminem.

Also: the whole rap-as-poetry thing really bothers me. The fact that rap's focus is on the lyrics rather than the music doesn't make the words better, or worth any more. Even if they're working with different cultural languages and different cliches, rap lyrics are no more poetry than rock lyrics. Sorry - most of the raps about growing up in the projects (Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" comes to mind), no matter how vividly described, tend to be pretty trite. No more trite than the vast majority of all rock lyrics in any subgenre, but in no way of deserving the heading of "poetry." I mentioned MF Doom before. His lyrics are usually pretty great, culture-jamming and funny and thoughtful. But they're not poetry. Keats is a poet. Tupac is not. He might have a message, but to trash Tupac a little, it's not an especially original message, and the fact that his medium is rap rather than rock doesn't make his words "street poetry" any more than Lou Reed's. Same deal goes for the old school greats. Chuck D's a pretty good political commentator, if a little preachy, but no one calls the Clash poets. So stop. Oh, and for my money, no rapper has ever approached poetry in pop music as much as Bob Dylan, who arguably recorded THE VERY FIRST RAP SONG IN 1965 with "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Don't believe me? Go listen to it.
Rap VS rock on Urban Dictionary? NO YOU DI'INT.
by OMG-unit September 26, 2006
Rhythm And Poetry.

Rhythm: the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.

And: used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover.

Poetry: the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
Rap is not a genre. It is a culture. People need to learn to accept this.
by DizzaleG January 14, 2007
Rhythmic Affirmation of Pompousness
n., Abbr. RAP
1. The music industry's ISO-430 compliant form of communicating superiority in one or more of the following domains: bling, bitches, rides, dope, booze, and/or sharp cutting things.
2. A talk or seminar given to urban peers by persons of varying ethnicity. Oftentimes a cadence is imposed.

Also, R.A.P.
The RAP TPS report confirmed higher than expected third-quater growth.
by goshdarn January 14, 2007
When nobody understands what you're saying, so you say it again and again, in 4/4 time.
1. What he say?
2. Dunno. Wuz rap to me.
by archimedest August 10, 2006
A)A form of music where any two words can rhyme, or if you can't think of one you can just make something up like "Missy" does.
B)Great form of music that will last, because even if the song sucks you will still listen because of the beat.
C)A genre of music in which the performer (or in every case performerS") promote themselves and try to say they're doing it for their block.
D)A field of music that allows more and more people to have success, disregerding how much you suck or if you have even reached puberty, or even if your name is Ja Rule!
E)Recycled beats and rhymes.
F)It used to be ill when Sugarhill Gang and Grand Master Flash ran the game.
A)(rapper):"I got signed so I can rhyme on the block, I call the shots cuz I'm hot. I eat oranges and sleep in in the morning instead of yawning. I haven't went...its your flipinitswentyet. Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet Skeet!"
B)(Person 1):Yo, what the fuck did he say?
(Person 2):Fuck it, just turn up the bass.
C)I'm the shit you are shit, you are poor I am rich,you can never get on my level scrub. This is for the streets to keep their heads up for hope.
D)Yo, introducing "1st Degree Pee Wee", he only a toddler but he make more sense than half the rappers out there.
E)Holiday Inn wasn't taken from "Rapper's Delight". Oh, wait it was.
F)I wish someone was original. R.I.P. Jam Master Jay.
by Pontiac February 07, 2006
Poetry - sometimes - and often confused or misnamed as music which it is clearly NOT. SOME music contains rap lyrics. Gansta Rap, which is an attempt at offering machismo, fails to entertain the educated masses as they are aware that such garbage is only useful in making the misnomered "entertainer" clearly one of the GREATEST assholes that ever walked, flew over, swam on, or inhaled oxygen - or any life sustaining substance - from, ANY PLANET in the universe.
Generally, a waste of electrons.
Max: "What the fuck is that monkey doing swinging from that tree in the parking lot...and shooting that cop!!!And what is that pecular jibberish coming from his mouth?!"
Scott: "That's not a monkey dude, that's a gangsta rapper thinking he is entertaining us with his version of rap lyrics.
by psiscott April 08, 2006

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