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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

Hip Hop is not a musical genre (although many people consider it to be so). It is a cultural movement characterized by four elements, all of which represent the different manifestations of the culture:...
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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

From my understanding Rap Music and Hip Hop music are the same, however Hip Hip music and Rapping are different. Hip hop music: Hip hop music, also called hip-hop, rap music, or hip-hop music, ...
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

Mixing rap and rock is about as old as rap. Take Run-DMC's version of Aerosmith's "Walk this Way", or the early Beastie Boys, or Public Enemy recording with Anthrax, or Ice-T's Body Count project. I ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

There's a hip hop relationship with the blues, but perhaps a distant one and not too evident. There aren't many traces, if any, of the more traditional blues in hip hop. No 12 bar form and no blues ...
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What song has been sampled the most (ended up in the most other released tracks)?

This article says that the most sampled song of all-time is "Change the Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy: According to the BBC, though, one song has proven particularly popular among DJs and musicians:...
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

The term "Crossover" generally denotes music mixing two or more genres, but was used more specifically in the nineties for bands combining (hard) rock and hip-hop elements - like Rage Against The ...
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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

Rapping is a style of long-form narrative poetry recitation with a strong and regular rhythmic beat, typically spoken, but occasionally delivered in a sing-song fashion (Nelly, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony). ...
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Retro speakeasy, Snoop Dogg video

After some research (that is not really my kind of music ;)) i found this video: Snoop Dogg - Doggfather Feat. Charlie Wilson (Official Video) It is in black and white and has this typical 20s ...
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Missy Elliot's "Work it" lyrics meaning

Like any historical artifact, this song can be difficult to judge from outside of it's own time and context. The things that made Missy Elliot revolutionary at the time of her peak popularity don't ...
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What is the controversy between Jay Z and Nas?

It all started when Nas was supposed to appear on Jay-Z's debut album. Jay-Z had used a sample from one of Nas' song on his cut, "Dead Presidents", and asked Nas to come in and lay down some vocals ...
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What is the origin of Biz Markie's stage name?

Some sources, that seem to have all copied themselves (e.g. here or there) say: Born Marcel Hall in Harlem USA, Biz Markie stepped onto the scene in 1985, at age fourteen, as the beat box backup ...
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2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G. - objective comparisons

Notorious BIG 3 studio albums + 3 posthumous studio albums (including collaborations) 3 #1 albums, 2 #1 singles Subject of 4 documentaries and 1 feature 2 Billboard Music Awards, 4 Grammy ...
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

The instrument is a Flexatone. It's a percussion instrument with two balls which strike a metal blade controlled by the thumb. Shaking it produces spooky glissando effects. Dr Dre probably uses a ...
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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

To my understanding, rap music is usually all about the lyrics, while hip-hop can simply be a 'street' style of house beats or other genres.
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What is the difference between hip hop and rap?

Rap music is the combination of rhyming and poetry to a beat. It is part of the Hip-Hop genre, which involves lyrics over fast-paced music. Some people have described Hip-Hop as a way of life and a ...
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Where to find instrumentals?

At 8tracks they have a section with only instrumental music, most of them are not samplers to be reused, but might be useful here and there: http://8tracks.com/explore/instrumental A very good way to ...
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Does Janelle Monáe's Metropolis conceptual series have a definite plot?

There does not appear to be a single linear narrative. This essay by Phil Sandifer gives a sort of critical overview of Monáe's work and the Metropolis saga. (All quotes throughout this answer are ...
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Dark slow hip-hop song (by the Game?)

This is probably Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K0q74jtV8s It was one of The Game's first big hits, and featured production by Kanye West with a distinctively mournful vocal sample of Jerry ...
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What did Donald Glover mean by "Migos are the Beatles of this Generation"?

As the Beatles are widely considered the greatest artist of their generation, Glover is saying that Migos is the greatest artist of this generation. This is actually a pretty common way of comparing ...
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Song from the end of 2018 trailer for "Shazam!"

This is rapper Kendrick Lamar's ironically titled hit "HUMBLE" from the 2017 release DAMN. You can discern the title lyric pretty clearly in the trailer, as well as the distinctive phrase am to ...
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Hip-Hop / R&B song that samples "Push the Feeling On" by Nightcrawlers

Was it The Feeling by Simon Blaze (feat Razah)? It has the Push The Feeling On sample, with a slower tempo. It does have several different male voices.
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Does anyone recognize this song in which the rapper goes through what appears to be an ancient tomb?

The name of the rapper is Joey Bada$$ and song title is Christ Conscious. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRfQGXFRr30
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

This is mainly intended as a supplement to @JoséDavid's excellent answer. Nearly every indigenous American musical form (other than Native American music) descends or was in some way influenced by ...
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Who are the dignitaries representing in the DJ Shadow / Run the Jewels 'Nobody Speak' video

It wasn't always blurred. The first one is United States and the other was United Kingdom. Its been blurred since it first release. Probably for international political reasons. Ha! Here's the ...
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Beastie Boys' "An Open Letter to NYC"; reference to the "number ten bus"?

I think the are referring to the M10 bus line that runs along 8th avenue from Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park up to 158th street in Harlem source: https://genius.com/203208
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Didn't Cassie's 'Me and U' (from 2006) have deep bass notes in it?

Putting the song through a frequency analyser shows nothing unusual in the frequencies of this song. The synth kick-drum sounds are at about 50Hz. It doesn't sound particularly bass-heavy. It seems ...
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Should we consider Audioslave a continuation of Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, or neither?

Any band that takes members from multiple previously established bands should always be considered a new band. If Cornell wanted these songs to be Soundgarden songs, he'd have done them with ...
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Retro speakeasy, Snoop Dogg video

I believe the song that you are looking for is called Sweat http://www.azvideos.com/videos/snoopdogg/sweat.html The video features Snoop in a suit and it looks like it was shot under black lightning....
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Did Nelly's song 'over and over' sample another song?

It is more likely that it is Tim McGraw's delivery which is confusing you. Rolling Stone refers to McGraw's "croon[ing] the brooding hook" (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country-lists/a-...
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