1. One who expresses himself through the urban street poetry form called "rap". 2. A formerly unique form of black urban street cultural expression now completely neutered and watered down as rendered part of the safe timid white mainstream thanks to big business. It's gone from an attitude and a method of expressiong your troubles, woes and worries to an image that sells everything from phones to fast food. When McDonalds is using rap as part of its advertising campaign, it's time to pull the sheet over the patient's eyes, the spirit has long since departed.
You can't recommend an artist in a definition for this for all the idiots who did, because rap has many forms of art, not just the ones you see fit to be heard. For instance, I like rappers like Eminem and Wordsworth because they do the impossible with being able to rhyme the same phrase over and over. Other people might like Andre Benjamin from OutKast because he's very poetic.
Sadly, most rappers will talk about women like sex-objects and other senseless shit like that, and that shit just has to end. They get the impression that they're really pharaohs, projecting the image that they're superior and it sickens the hell out of me... A lot of people think that's what art is, so I guess I can't judge, but it's pathetic regardless. Prove me wrong.
Whatever the case, most intellectual people who really enjoy rap or produce it themselves (even if they pretty much only do it for a hobby like me) don't ever listen to a rapper for their trash-talk about the common trends. They listen to rappers who actually hold a portion of the art (even IF they're gangsta rappers, that's just not WHY they'd listen) in them and orchistrates it beautifully.
An artist can create magic, whether through a paint-brush or music, and a real rapper can beautifully illustrate a mental image like a painter can beautifully illustrate a visual image.
*GOOD* Commercial Rap:Nas,Talib Kweli,Common,etc.
Underground Rapper(s)-Jedi Mind Tricks,Kj-52,Grits,John Reuben,Eyedea and Abilites,Immortal Technique,Ill Bill,Necro....
Stereotypical Talkin By a person associated with hip hop:YO DAWG WHATS CRACKIN ON THE SIX FOUR OF YOUR IMAPLA..most (rap)heads do not talk like that....so stfu.....thank u
"wow dawg dats ruff, what did he get...life in prison?"
"Of Cousre not...Russell simons stopped by bailed him out and cut him a record deal."
"wow fat B...but pookie can't rap"
"so...he got a criminal record man! he don't need to know how to rap...look at fitty"
They resort to talking really fast about how hard being a pimp is and what bitches they have slapped and caps they have popped, always over stolen songs from real musical artists. They usually die from being shot in drive-by shootings, or trying to swin while wearing 127 lbs. of gold and platinum plated jewelry, including, but not limited to:
-Full sized clocks
-Olde English font letters representing their fake names
Most rappers exagerate how "gangsta" they are, by repeating their names 3 to 400 times during the length of a "song". They also leave out the fact that they are so gangsta, yet are owned by a bunch of old rich white guys, probably with english accents.
The subject matter for rap "songs" contains at least 3 of the following topics:
-the rappers name
-what crimes the rappers thinks he's committed
-the "niggas" he has supposedly killed (popped, capped, etc...)
-how many "bitches" the rappers has slapped
-how famous the rapper is
-how famous the rappper thinks he is
-the fact that he can "spit mad rhymes" over stolen music
-how hard being a pimp/gangsta/thug/black man/wigger is
These are only some of the borderline-retarded ideas these morons come up with.
For more information on the hemmorhage-causing phenomenon we know as "Rap", simply look outside, on TV, on the radio, in the news, at your dog, or at San Andreas.
Lastly, a tip from our old friend Chris Rock. If you want to kill someone and get away with it, just stick a demo tape in their pocket when their dead. the police will find the body and the tape and write it off as a rap killing. The body will probably then be incinerated and the police will look into it now more than that.