Questions tagged [hip-hop]

For questions about the genre known as "hip-hop", which commonly features rap with an electronic backing.

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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

What is the difference between 'hip hop' and 'rap' genres?
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

I've played a video game Need for Speed Most Wanted, and I came across a weird trend it's it's soundtrack: there were many songs that had hip-hop/rap style, but were backed up by heavy (distorted, ...
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Who voiced the racist cop on NWA's 'F*ck tha Police'?

In the original song there is the mock trial of a racist cop "That's a lie. That's a Goddamn lie!" etc at about 4:53. I don't think that these lines are recorded by any of the NWA members (Ice ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

I've seen / read many things about black music, especially the Negro spiritual, blues, rhythm'n'blues, rock'n'roll, etc. And 99% of what I've heard or read says that the rap music descends from blues,...
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Does Janelle Monáe's Metropolis conceptual series have a definite plot?

Janelle Monáe's set of Metropolis suites (comprised, so far, of her debut EP and first two full-length albums, with two suites left to come) is a sci-fi epic about androids. Do the lyrics (so far) ...
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Where to find instrumentals?

I enjoy rapping along with the artist while listening to (Hip-Hop / Trap) music. But sometimes I'd like to rap all myself over the beat. In such an occasion I have to search for the instrumental, the ...
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What is the controversy between Jay Z and Nas?

I first heard about this in Eminem’s Like Toy Soldiers in a line: … It was crazy, this shit went way beyond some Jay-z and Nas shit. Can anybody help me understanding what this feud was all about?
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Did Eminem actually compose the song “Stronger Than I was”?

About this song by Eminem, Stronger Than I Was, Wikipedia shows Luis Resto and Eminem both as producers. My concern is that since the song contains very less rap portion did Luis composed most of the ...
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Why did Nas skip out “Bonjour” from his Nasir Film?

On Nas' latest album Nasir, I was wondering if the song Bonjour not featuring in the short film (also called Nasir) had to do with the rumoured copyright issue that delayed the release time or was ...
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Retro speakeasy, Snoop Dogg video

It seems like this should be easy to Google, but I've never had any success. This was a video from the early 2000's, it featured Snoop Dogg in a prohibition-era speakeasy. The entire video took ...
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What did Donald Glover mean by “Migos are the Beatles of this Generation”?

As a fan of hip-hop/rap music I was highly anticipating Migos new album 'Culture' which was released in the last couple of days. When reading some of the reviews, I noticed there was a reference to ...
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Beastie Boys' “An Open Letter to NYC”; reference to the “number ten bus”?

As someone fascinated with the City of New York and the Beastie Boys, I'm trying to figure out some context in their lyrics of the song An Open Letter to NYC. Here are the lines that make me curious: ...
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What is the origin of Biz Markie's stage name?

Did the rapper Biz Markie get his name from the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck? According to the German Wikipedia, it is either this, or the baseballer Biz Mackey, but it gives no source. Does ...
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Arrested Development: Static on 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of

I have several copies of this album (CD, cassette, etc) and there is static on many of the tracks. Back in '94 I remember hearing the explanation was: (some guy left the master LP in the sun, or ...
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Dark slow hip-hop song (by the Game?)

I heard a song a long time ago and I think artist is the Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor). I don't remember any lyrics but in song there was a part an old man mourning that keep repeating throughout the ...
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2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G. - objective comparisons

People have argued for decades who is the best between rap legends Tupac and Notorious BIG. Most people just choose which artist they love. Who would come out as the objective winner by the following ...
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Is there a genre name for these new hip hop like songs with clicking drum machine?

Lately (especially after the release of the Black Panther movie and soundtrack) I hear on the radio and at the street a style of music that uses a specific type of a clicking (alternating between ...
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Who are the dignitaries representing in the DJ Shadow / Run the Jewels 'Nobody Speak' video

The Music video for DJ Shadow Feat. Run the Jewels features two dignitaries at a political conference whose voices have been substituted for EL-P and Killer Mike. Both their placards have been ...
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Did Nelly's song 'over and over' sample another song?

"It's all in my head I think about it over and over again" - this lyric from Nelly's "Over and over" sounds to me like it's from an earlier song but i can't find it online. Can you help me identify ...
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Akon: name of cities of origin and languages spoken at home by his parents

I was searching Wikipedia for some information about Akon. I wanted to know the name of the exact cities of origin and nationalities of his parents as well as what languages they spoke at home with ...
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Missy Elliot's “Work it” lyrics meaning

My English teacher constantly referring to this song as female empowerment and feminism. But I just don't see how. How does the popular song of 2002 Work It by Missy Elliot refer to feminism or ...
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Hip-Hop / R&B song that samples “Push the Feeling On” by Nightcrawlers

I'm looking for a song I've heard at the gym recently. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to get my phone out and find it with Shazam. Just like Pitbull's Hotel Room Service, it samples Push The ...
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What is the definition of Trunk Music?

I searched over internet but couldn't find nothing. Could someone tell me what is Trunk Music? I just listened to Yelawolf? Edit: Please note that I am not talking about the album. I'm talking about ...
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Origins of the outro sample from Take the Sword Part III on the Afro Samurai Resurrection soundtrack?

At the end of Take the Sword Part III on the Afro Samurai Resurrection soundtrack, there is this sample: When a man wants to attract the female The best way is to apply a musk perfume But when ...
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Hip hop lyrics - “You’re just a little guy”

“You’re just a little guy—something on the fly—you are my baby doll you not my baby..” or something like that. I’ve tried listening to the clip but people are talking over it.
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Is there a term that describes such songs?

I've recently listened to a couple of songs and found a common beat. A quick google search for their genre shows that they fall under the umbrella of Hip-Hop/Rap. However, searching for 'Hip-Hop/Rap' ...
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What rap subgenre is T.I. “Do Ya Thang”

T.I. - Do Ya Thang - what genre is it? Google says it's a hip-hop/rap, but what kind of rap specifically?
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Black Beatles and the Mannequin Challenge

The "Mannequin Challenge" is a new viral video meme where people freeze in place like mannequins, without camera tricks. Most of the videos use the song "Black Beatles," by Rae Sremmurd. But how did ...
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What's the rap song with Sa-Roc & another rapper playing chess then chased out of apartment?

Sometime in the past year or two I saw a hip-hop song with a male and female rapper, I'm pretty sure the female was Sa-Roc. The song had a heavy beat reggae style sort of like old KRS-One tracks, and ...
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Looking for fusion-funk bands

I'm currently looking to find fusion-funk bands. Lately I've been listening to a lot of RH Factor and Hiatus Kaiyote. I really enjoy the mix of Jazz and Hip Hop from RH factor, and the 'odd' rhythmic ...
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Soul/funk song sampled by Provy Tha Boss in “Welcome Back to the 80's”

I've been trying to find this song for a while, it's a funk song or soul song from maybe late 70's early 80's and it starts off with strings and a nice bassline followed by a man saying "ooh, ooh... ...
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Does anyone recognize this song in which the rapper goes through what appears to be an ancient tomb?

Does anyone recognize this rapper/song? In a YouTube video a snippet of his music video is played. I know he's a hip-hop artist. But what's his name?
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Hip hop instrumental track used on “Freerunning Bangkok's Ghost Tower” video

I've been looking for title of this song / music, but have had no luck. It is used in the "Freerunning Bangkok's Ghost Tower" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYUxHhF0LZk&t=118s
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Similar artists to rising crimson?

So, as a composer I usually have musical influences which I'm unaware of but realise years later. I was hoping someone could resonate with the musical inspiration seized me and lasted an album. Who ...
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Sugarhill Gang - Apache (Jump on it) - real title?

That's the song that they do street dance to in some dancing school, so i was curious as it has bits from Shadows - Apache. I called it Apache (Jump on it) when I found it on YouTube but the children ...
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Looking for a song that looped a small part of “everything is shady” by Ca$his

I recently listened to a rap / hip-hop song that at some point looped the "About to run the A" part of "Everything is Shady" by Ca$his. Genius annotation I really can't find which song did this ...
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musicians always having face covered

The artist called 'Carla's Dreams' always appears on concerts wearing a hood, sunglasses, and having his face painted, in order to remain incognito. His true identity has remained unknown so far, ...
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Identify this song (most likely 2000s rap)

When my brother had his ipod 10 years ago, I used to listen to it while he was at school. I came across songs were I remembered some of the lyrics to. There's one song where I cannot remember the ...