Hip-Hop vs. Rap

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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 subculture, while rap is a specific genre of music. The Grammys for the Hip-Hop category include R&B and Rap subcategories.[1]

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Elements MCing, DJing, graffiti and breakdancing. Contains lifestyle trends such as clothing and slang. Also includes R&B and beatboxing. Combination of rhyming and poetry to a musical beat.
Musical themes Generally involves witty, poetic wordplay with assonance and rhyming stanzas. Deals with social matters such as wealth, drug use, promiscuity, poverty, luxury, politics, etc. Politics, pop culture
Tone Anywhere between fast-paced and swingin' to slow and bangin', mayne Usually more serious
Popular artists Wiz Khalifa, Mos Def, Kanye West, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, etc. Solo artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne. Tupac, DMX, Brother Ali,
Dancing Often used as background for complicated dance routines ("breakdancing") Waving hands around, walking and moving around, twerk, etc.
Cultural origins Originated from the Bronx projects of NY in the early 1980s, commonly associated with impoverished minority communities (African-Americans & Latinos) The hood and motor city
Typical instruments Mic, turntable, synthesizer, drums, bass Dat bass doe, octupi drumming

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Iraqi Hip Hoppers aspiring artists at National Unity Performing and Visual Arts Academy in Iraq, 2007
Iraqi Hip Hoppers aspiring artists at National Unity Performing and Visual Arts Academy in Iraq, 2007

edit History

Both hip-hop and rap have the same origins. They originated in the Bronx in the 1970s, and are believed to have been first used by a Jamaican DJ, Kool Herc, who repeated rhymes over instrumental music at parties at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. The movement spread through the borough, taking inspiration from the rapping used by folk poets in West Africa. Hop hop culture, including graffiti and rapping, was adopted by street gangs in the Bronx as a new form of competition and one-upmanship.

In the early 1980s, Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force released an electro-funk track called “Planet Rock”, which used electronic sounds and synthesizers. These grew to become common elements of the genre. The music movement spread to minority populations through the US, and with the advent of music videos, the culture spread to Europe and beyond.

edit Elements

Hip-hop is composed of four main elements: MCing, DJing, grafitti and breakdancing. The term “hip-hop” also includes other lifestyle trends such as clothing, slang and mindset.

Rap is the combination of rhyme and poetry to a musical beat. It has a background in improvisational poetry. It can be part of a hip-hop lifestyle.

edit Tone

Hip-hop is an upbeat music style. It pairs lyrics with fast-paced music and discusses common relationship issues.

Rap focuses more on the “here-and-now,” discussing issues such as popular culture and politics.

edit Variations

Derivatives of hip-hop music include electro, breakbeat, hardcore, club R&B, funk breaks and abstract hip hop.

Derivatives of rap music include grime. Rapping is also used in a wide variety of other genres, include jazz, disco, funk and even Japanese dance music.

edit Video explaining the differences

In this video, Ice-T, the legendary rapper and director of "The Art of Rap," explains the difference between rap and hip-hop.

edit Popular Artists

Hip-hop winners of the 2012 Grammys included Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj, among others. Popular hip-hop groups include Sugarhill Gang, Fab 5 Freddy, Kurtis Blow and Watch the Throne. Rap rarely features groups. Famous solo artists include Eminem and 50 Cent.

edit Popular on Amazon

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May 3, 2014, 3:32am

All of the elements of Hip Hop versus Rap mentioned here are misconstrued and wrong. Not helpful.

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