Rap is a genre of music. Those who say rap is about only certain subjects are not being logical. The content therein is not what defines a genre. The content is what defines a sub-genre. But the truth is, all music is undefinable. No single definition can explain the huge web of music one influence can create. I listen to all rock and roll but metal, which may baffle some people, and I listen to all hip hop that I think is artful enough.People have been throwing out words targeting popular rap artists such as 50 Cent. NOT ONE ARTIST CAN ENCOMPASS AN ENTIRE GENRE OF MUSIC. The real reason people are going out of their way to insult what rap (and rock) music really is they don't feel comfortable with it. Music is not "good" or "bad". ALL MUSIC HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ENJOYED, AS LONG AS IT IS APPROACHED WITH AN OPEN MIND. Your taste in music is affected by your life, what you are surrounded by, what you are told is good. People who could hate rock don't give it a chance because they don't want to be like people who listen to rock. Same thing goes for rap, which is what we have been seeing here.
Rap and Rock and Roll and actually very similar. Some Rock and Roll is about sex drugs and money. Some hip hop is about
the appreciation of its own music,equivalent to having a rock song about "rocking out".
Some say rap takes no talent. 1, that is completely opinionated. 2, they are mixing up musical talent with knowledge of music theory. True, Hip Hop and Rap does not require knowledge of music theory(although it helps), but it could be said that rap requires more natural, raw talent rythmic talent than Rock and Roll. It is not necesarilly true,and in some cases are not, but it could be considered. Again, genres are so wide, there is no way to not oversimplify.
The main thing is, you enjoy music that you WANT to enjoy. If someone gives you A TRIBE CALLED QUEST's THE LOW-END THEORY, and you say, I hate how these guys are so under-produced,than chances are you wont happen to like it after a couple of listens because you are giving it no room to grow on you. But if you have and open-minded approach towrads it, you might say, after a couple of listens, I feel comfortable hearing this, and I think it is great. Not many people who can describe an entire genre as "bad" like music itself enough to approach a new genre, and dig deep for something they like. They let the corporate heavies set the bar for all of this music. Hip Hop, Rap, Rock and Roll, are all judged, and should both not be viewed as Metallic, Headbanging nonsense, and Gangsterific, Shoot 'em up pointless talking.
The point is, if you love music enough, don't judge, and don't be lazy. Search for music, and don't let the pop get to you first.
Rock Lover: Rap is bad. It takes no skill.
Rap Lover: All you have to do is break a guitar to play rock.
The Truth: No sentence alone can describe music. Don't let WHO listens to music affect how you like it, and approach it with an open mind.
(p.s. For those who do and don't like hip hop, actually check out the what I think is a genius album "The Low End Theory" by "A Tribe Called Quest")
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...more...
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...
I will say this first. I listen to punk rock and not rap. the rap i have seen was on mtv or vh1 and therefore cannot judge it. However, those of you who are judging it need to listen to at least 5 minutes of 6 differnt rap artists before you can say anything about it. if you still hate it after doing this then shut up, keep your thoughts to yourself, and be tolerant. just like in punk rock most of the stuff that is played on mtv and vh1 is PROBABLY media garbage. the music that is underground probably has more meaning to it. for those of you that say rap is only about having sex with women, and shooting people than you you haven't heard other good rap songs(eminem's mockingbird and many others). So before you judge anything look into it not just the what you see from its cover.
a punk rocker, a rap fan and a poser are at a concert. rap rapper is opening for a punk band.
(poser): what the hell is this??!!
(rap fan): hey its called rap, you got a problem with it??
(poser): all rap is garbage. it has no meaning to it. so why dont you go and listen to your half a dollar and get raped.
(punk rocker): dude have you even listened to rap??
(punk rocker): no i didn't think so, and if you think that you look cool by making fun of rap and pretending to be punk, then you should know that you only look stupid.
75% of the word "crap"
Retarded people listen to rap cause they stupid.
A form of music in which a person swiftly rhymes poetry, over a beat. A subgenre of pop music. Rap is mostly influenced by hip-hop or hip hop. And this is to all the people who can't stand rap because they've never actually heard real rap:more...
There is no rule that talent is needed to make a song. Though talent IS needed to make rap, all of you racists just listen to a little bit of gangsta rap (i.e. G-Unit, N.W.A.) and assume that rap is all about gats, hoes, money, pimps, and gangstas! Ok you people are abosutely correct! Well....partially correct, you are correct when you say that rap is just about all about gats, hoes, money, pimps, and gangstas. *NEWS FLASH* That is NOT rap! That is GANGSTA RAP! There is a difference. If you go and listen to a rapper that was never born and raised in the urban streets, never been a gangsta, then you won't hear all that shit! Try Kanye West! Or Eminem! Even 2Pac! Though 2Pac called himself a "G", he wrote poems about love, he read books, he wasn't stupid! In high school he was an excellent actor; he was a thespian. 2Pac showed lots of love in his songs, and he WAS a gangsta. And he is the most influencial emcee in hip-hop history. Think of that. I don't really care how much the fuck you want to diss rap, as much as you classical rock people want to! Rap is music, and no one gives a fuck about what all of you people sa...
see also Hip-Hop
A genre of music spawned in the early 70's in various ghettos throughout the U.S. The name allegedly derived from people saying "That's a rap!" after performing with a DJ. A rap can usually consist of ryhmes and a beat, although sometimes done acapella. Often accused of being about nothing but sex and drugs (not dissimilar to metal), usually depicts daily life in the black ghettos or other assorted issues faced by the poorest of us.
Some Rap artists include: Eminem, 50 Cent, Run DMC, Mac Dre, Brotha Lynch Hung, Grandmaster Flash, etc...
Shittiest excuse for "music" ever created. Nobody knows why people even listen to it. Played at "parties," especially at parties thrown by some of my older cousins because they think they're "cool".
Rap? More like... CUH-rap!
contrary to most of the shit posted here, i have supplied the ACTUAL definition:more...
Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop as well as the distinguishing feature of most hip hop music. It is a form of rhyming lyrics delivered rhythmically over a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. Originally, rapping was called MCing and accompanied DJing.
Rapping (as a self-conscious artistic school) began as a variation on the toasting found in reggae, funk and dub music, mixed with influences from jazz-related performance poetry (Langston Hughes's album Weary Blues being an important example; the Beats also notable), radio DJ patter, and the tradition of playing the dozens. Among other predecessors were talking blues records and the work of artists such as James Brown and Parliament. The original rappers probably can be said to have been The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron with their recordings in the latter 1960s and earliest 1970s (such as Scott-Heron's famous "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and "Whitey on The Moon"), but, slightly later, MCs (from "Master of Ceremonies") would improvise rhymes over the beats created by dancehall and club DJs. Early raps were frequently merely a sequence of boasts, or attempts to upstage the other MCs. See roots of hip hop music for earlier forms that also contributed to rapping.
The first contemporary hip hop song rele...