Questions tagged [rap]

Rap is the art of performing spoken-word style, rhythmic lyrics, primarily associated with Hip-Hop music. Rap also refers to the lyrics themselves. This tag is for the writing and performing of rap lyrics. Although the term is often used synonymously with hip-hop to refer to the style of music, the [rap] tag should be reserved for lyrics, with the [hip-hop] tag reserved for the musical style/genre. Both tags may be appropriate.

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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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Is there a connection between talking blues and hip hop/rap?

Is there some connection between the talking blues of the sixties (e.g. Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues) and its folkier predecessors such as Guthrie and Leadbelly and the rap and hip hop lyrics? I ...
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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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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 was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

Dr Dre is a hip-hop producer who frequently used some sort of spinning spoon instrument during the late 90's in some of his beats. Some examples of this spoon sound can be heard in the beginning of ...
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"Uncha lamba kad" rap verse lyrics

It's a Bollywood song from movie "Welcome". YouTube link mentioned above and the lyrics are as given below. https://www.filmyquotes.com/songs/1170 Can anyone tell what are the lyrics of the ...
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Video: Rapper robs a store to pay child support

It’s an black male. I think American rapper I know he had braids in the video and the music video is from the perspective of him and then his baby mum an he is stood at the front door arguing with her ...
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Jamaican influence on late 90s Cash Money music?

Some of the rappers from the late 90s Cash Money Records albums have vocal styles that sound Jamaican, despite them being from New Orleans. One track from Juvenile's 400 Degreez album actually ...
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English language rap song: "Asleep in the [unknown]"

Some time ago I was driving in a taxi and the driver was listening to an english rap song (the instrumental part was incredibly good). As I looked at the display I read "Asleep in the **". later I ...
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Source of dialogue from intro to Beastie Boys' "Professor Booty"

On the 3rd album of the Beastie Boys Check Your Head, to start the track Professor Booty, there is what sounds like dialogue to a movie: Yo I don't hang out with those guys. Man I ain't got nothin ...
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Did that kid rapper "Lil' Bow Wow" really not release his iconic "That's My Name" song in the mid-1990s?

I have a distinct memory of myself hearing this song on the radio in a certain rented "summer house" in the (roughly) mid-1990s, perhaps even earlier, with the memorable refrain going: Bow ...
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Sampled Rap Songs [closed]

It's entirely standard for rap songs to use samples, but what about the other way around --rap music sampled for use in non-rap songs? I can think of two examples: Macy Gray's Do Something which ...
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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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Unreleased Kanye West Chain Heavy album

8 years ago, I downloaded a Kanye West album called Chain Heavy. I've always wondered about the history behind this album: maybe half of the songs are available on YouTube; nothing on other streaming ...
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What does "mad fish" mean in Bring The Pain by Method Man?

In the song "Bring The Pain" by Method Man, he says: Check it, just how deep can shit get/ Deep as the abyss/ and brothers is mad fish accept it What does "mad fish" mean in this ...
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Is Deuce an Atheist?

Deuce, from Nine Lives, wrote a song called America. It has the following lyrics: They wanna see blood, They wanna see hate, Like needle in your vain, Sickness with no name, In a world that's insane, ...
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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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What does the line "listening to blackstreet" mean in the song *Downtown* by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?

Here is a link to the song. I was wondering what the phrase "listening to blackstreet" means. The whole sentence before it says ...I Like a Big Girl, I like 'Em Sassy Going down the Backstreet ...
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What genre is the music of Fetty Wap?

I know Fetty Wap is a rapper, but I also heard that there is some influence of trap in his music (there is a song called Trap Queen). What kind of genre is his music? Is there an official genre for ...
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Rap music video filmed from side of a car

I am looking for a music video that is filmed along the side of a car through the whole video. The video is about two men who rob different stores and in the end they are killed by men from another ...
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What's the name of this Song from Rihanna ft. some rapper?

Today while shopping there was this song from Rihanna playing. She and some rapper (I think he sounded like Sean Paul) were singing alternately. It sounded like a pop-rap mix. There was this line in ...
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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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Origin of the phrase "Mustard on the beat"?

I have realized that in many rap songs by many different artists use the phrase, "mustard on the beat" at the begging of their rap. Where did this originate? Why do many different DJs and ...
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"A black man" in Follow God video clip?

In Kanye West - Follow God, the clip ends with this dialogue: My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming. He talked about his love for fishing, and how he could come here in the ...
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HDBeenDope's use of the word 'LABB' in 'Cayman'

In the song, 'Cayman' the word LABB is thrown around a lot such as LABB on everything and constantly spelling it out.What does it mean?
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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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Is there any reason why Eminem laughed at the end of Mockingbird?

Enimen laughs at the end of his song Mockingbird. During this song, he explains his problems (and makes most people cry). Did he ever explain why he laughed? It's strange for someone to laugh at the ...
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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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Horse and Carriage Lyrics (by Ma$e and Cam'rom)

After offering to buy a lady diamonds why does Cam'rom then tell her to "shut the fuck up" after she seeks to confirm her interpretation of his metaphor? If you'll sex in the Lex and your head be ...
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Seinfeld - The Wizard - What's the name of the rap song played as Elaine enters her boyfriend's apartment?

In the Seinfeld episode The Wizard as Elaine visits her new boyfriend in his apartment for the first time there is a rap song playing while Elaine stands in the hallway and eventually enters. She ...
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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

This morning N.W.A. was announced as a 2016 inductee (coverage by Rolling Stone) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In case you are not familiar, N.W.A. (the name stands for "Niggaz Wit Attitudes")...
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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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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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Why do some black rappers use the N-word?

I’m listening to Ayo (Chris Brown & Tyga) right now, and I’m wondering why they use the N-word in their lyrics. I thought that the N-word is insulting (and you’re likely to get beaten up if you ...
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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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'Woo' sound Pitbull makes in (almost) every song

Can I somewhere find the 'woo' sound Pitbull makes in every song? Does it have a name? Here are two examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-tJuHsCDzc&t=24s between 0:24 and 0:26 https://www....
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Rap songs not having featured artist in title

In most rap songs, if there is a featured artist on the track they will be listed in the title in brackets. For example: Earl Sweatshirt - Centurion (Feat. Vince Staples) Link to the song Notice how ...
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Rap song about a veteran coming home from the war

Okay, first of all, I've been looking for this song for about 2-3 years now. It's a rap song about a veteran (from first person), talking about the war. One line is along the lines of "bombs under my ...
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Portuguese rap song about the rapper refusing a groupie's proposition

I am searching for a Portuguese rap song, which was almost over 8 minutes long, and it's from a guy who says a story about himself, that he was approached by a fan to have sex, and he ended up not ...
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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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Genre of Dutch hip-hop diss track

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHjecHv3xPM (Just listen to the melody, not to the song. It's in Dutch so I think a lot of you will not understand what they say.) A similar version is good ...
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Who performs the vocals in Jedi Mind Tricks' "Before The Great Collapse"?

In the track Before The Great Collapse by Jedi Mind Tricks, who is performing the vocals? I've spoken with lots of people about this and many claim that it's both Vinnie Paz and Jus Allah. That they ...
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What song from Wu-Tang is this?

In a song from the Wu-Tang Clan near the beginning there is a line said by one of the rappers "da fuq" as though to imply that (possibly) the track had skipped. I have looked but have not found it. ...
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Lonny Bereal's "Don't Play with it", on YouTube and nowhere else?

I have found Lonny Bereal's song Don't Play with It on YouTube at this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7eOXEit4rEY I used to listen to it as a kid, but I can't seem to find an official version, ...
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Song about stars, long piano intro, rap

There was a song I was obsessed with in college (2009/2010) that I can’t remember for the life of me and it’s driving me insane! It may have come out around that year or a bit earlier. Definitely a ...
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What are the factors responsible for the rise of rap?

I have noted an increase in the production and distribution of songs in the genres of Rap, Trap and its derivatives. One possible explanation is the genre has been on the rise due to the quality and ...
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Was Bruce Bruce in So Fresh, So Clean?

tl;dr: Was Bruce Bruce in So Fresh, So Clean? Having said that, I feel I have to put some backstory in this question. As a teenager I was a huge fan of Bruce Bruce from BET Comic View. I ended up ...
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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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English language hip hop song used in Polish body-builder's posing video

I have been trying for months to find the soundtrack of this instagram video, no idea if it is too old, or new that it's not on the net for searching by lyrics to find out who sings it and what the ...
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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 ...