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to me, rap is a way of expressing one's self. so is rock. and i guess country is too (even though i personally dislike it). rap can talk about a certain life style, but it's not all about a thug's life. country expresses their loss of their dog, a pickup truck, or a woman with twang. another way to express themselves. and rock, which also takes another approach. if you are a rock OR rap lover, you will know that Jay-z (considered a grand daddy of rap) and linkin park ( a great rock group) made multiple remixes of their songs TOGETHER!! i think that you cant just say you hate rap or rock because they have different things to talk about. you'll never hear a group like green day talk about shootin up the block with their 9mm hangin out the caddy window. nore will you hear a rapper like paul wall talk about loosing their girlfriend that they loved. its just not the way they are, its different life styles.
there are blacks that sing with the gorillaz, and then there is eminem, bubba sparxx, and paul wall... which are main stream white rappers. its not about color, but about diversity and life styles.
by big ol' stud June 10, 2006
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Ok.
First thing's first, I personally don't like rap all that much. I love rock. But, I know my music, and I know it well so listen up.
Rap is not a sorry excuse for music. People like 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, and just about everyone else you see on MTV give it a bad name.
But people like NOSS (might of spelled that wrong), Mos Def, Tech Nine and Tupac make secular rap good.
It's true, in most rap songs, there is a LOT of cussing, and a lot of talk about sex and drugs.
But there are also positives, like some talk abut eating healthy, doing your best, and so on. There's also Christian rap, which personally I think SUCKS.
Note: I am a Christian.
Sucky rap: I'll take you to the candy shop,
I'll let you lick the lollipop. (Wonder that means.)

Good rap: I strive to eat healthy,
My goal in life is not to be rich or weatlhy.
GOOD

Alright I said enough.
P.S. I'm not white
by Kitty Fat July 10, 2006
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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
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a genre of music that often speaks about money drugs and women and usually in an unpolite matter.

in my opinion rap with lyrics like this sucks ..im not saying rap sucks im only saying rap with shitty lyrics sucks which is usually around 60% of rap.. im not picking on rap here, if any music had crappy lyrics about being fucked every night by a different girl then i wouldnt like it..
also if rap contained really good lyrics then that would make it a really good song...

what im trying to say is here is that basicly there not putting any effort into there songs and are just writing about screwing girls and doing pot every song..
and its fucking stupid..
rap with shitty lyrics is the worst..
by kylemcr January 07, 2007
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RAP = Retards Attempting Poetry
Pure and simple...
Guy 1: I don't understand these rappers, what's up with them?
Guy 2: They're just retards attempting poetry, that's all.
Guy 1: Oh yeah, that makes sence.
by Coldbeer May 11, 2005
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The obvious truth of how far humanity has de-evolutionized since the 1950's.
The countless people who live their lives based upon anger, sex, and drugs because they regularly listen to rap.
by ThunderX91 July 26, 2009
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