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A form of terrible mainstream music that is belted in high school parking lots across the country. This form of music takes no musical skill, or even the ability to pronounce words correctly (Lil Jon). Whereas Hip Hop is the purest form of music in which artists such as Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, Black Star, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots etc. use amazing lyrical talent to spread their message of change and hope for many problems accross the world. If you still think rap and Hip Hop are the same, then do you consider Nickelback and Megadeth to be in the same genre; rock?
Person A: Why are you listening to rap? Person B: I'm not listening to rap, I'm listening to Hip Hop, there is a very large difference.
by Truthiness September 04, 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
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
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
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
Retards Attempting Poetry
"Yo man, I listen to rap"
"Oh, you mean R.A.P."
"What's that, homie?"
"Retards Attempting Poetry....homie"
by surfer97 April 02, 2010