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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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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

It's probably worth mentioning what "rock and roll" actually is. There are two definitions of "rock and roll". The first definition is a genre popular of music that originated in ...
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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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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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Origin of the phrase "Mustard on the beat"?

"Mustard on the beat" usually refers to the fact that the beat (the instrumental track to which the artist is rapping over) was constructed and produced by DJ Mustard. They are literally saying "This ...
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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame covers a multitude of "popular" music that is legendary and groundbreaking. Their inductees range from Jelly Roll Morton to Metallica. The Hall seeks to induct artists ...
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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 does the line "listening to blackstreet" mean in the song *Downtown* by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?

Blackstreet is an R&B group most popular in the 90s. Their most well-known song is probably "No Diggity", a number one hit featuring Dr. Dre. The lyrics annotation of "Downtown" on Genius.com ...
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Who performs the vocals in Jedi Mind Tricks' "Before The Great Collapse"?

According to Wikipedia: "Before the Great Collapse" was the first JMT single to be solely performed by group vocalist Vinnie Paz, who uses the track as a suicide letter, written to his mother.
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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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The King by MattyB

The actual line is I'm in the zone going full throttle meaning all out, top speed. "In the zone" is sports lingo for being in an altered state of consciousness resulting in peak performance.
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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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Why do some black rappers use the N-word?

See Tim Minchin's 'Prejudice' for a full explanation of the concept of taking ownership of something initially used as an insult. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw
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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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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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What's the name of this Song from Rihanna ft. some rapper?

The song you're looking for is: Future - Selfish (feat. Rihanna). Future is a male rapper and you may find that he sounds like Sean Paul. The chorus has a line sung by Rihanna and repeated by Future ...
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Source of dialogue from intro to Beastie Boys' "Professor Booty"

According to Genius, that snippet of dialogue is taken from the 1983 hip-hop movie, Wild Style. Here a video of this sequence.
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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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Sampled Rap Songs

Depending on your definition of "non-rap", I know for a fact that artists such as Girl Talk (along with others on the Illegal Art label) sampled plenty of rap for songs that weren't necessarily rap. ...
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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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What genre is the music of Fetty Wap?

From this article http://masetv.com/fetty-wap-names-gucci-mane-as-influence-behind-his-ignorant-rb-music/ he refers to his music as "ignorant R&B" The Awards and nominations chart below on ...
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