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A Definition Of The Term Rap

hiphopandpolitics.com

Depending on who you ask and from which generation the word ‘rap’ will take on different meanings.

  • Today rap means saying rhymes to the beat of music making it one of the four major elements within hip hop culture. Because the other elements (deejaying, breakdancing...

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King Tim III: The First Rap Song (March, 1979)

The first song that associated rap with hip-hop music was called King Tim III [Personality Jock] by the Brooklyn based Fatback Band, which is considered Hip Hop’s first record.

Opening lyrics: You just clap your hands then you stomp your feet/'Cause you...

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Platinum Seller ‘Rapper’s Delight‘ (1979)

The second song that associated the term Rap with Hip Hop was the song ‘Rapper’s Delight‘ by Sugar Hill Gang.

Whereas “King Tim III” failed to cross over from any R&B activity into the mainstream, never cracking the Billboard Top 40, “Rapper’s Delight” became a worl...

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In the late 50's early 60's, people in the black americam communities used to play a variety of rhyme word games:

  • The Dozens: totally destroy somebody else with words, by insulting each other until one gives up (and dissing their mothers)

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With respect to hip hop, it was characterized by one’s ability to syncopated to a beat. Ideally, an emcee rapped from the heart. His rhymes were spontaneous, not memorized or read aloud from a written document.

Ideally a rap is a group of rhymes that are th...

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