A rapper is a type of musician which features rhythmic speaking, a complex lyrical structure, and is often accompanied by a beat. Rap is part of the wider Hip Hop genre, which emerged in its current form in New York, USA. It became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s, with rappers such as Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G dominating the scene. More recently, it has been absorbed into more mainstream culture, and rap is now considered one of the most popular and accessible genres of music. Kanye West and Jay-Z who started out in the rap scene, are the of the worlds most successful musicians.

What is rap music?

Rap music is a vocal technique and makes up a part of hip-hop culture. It consists of rhythmic speech that is sung with a musical track that is called hip-hop. Rap music emerged into mainstream music in the 1980s with early stars like Grandmaster Flash and LL Cool J.

When did rap music start?


Rap music started in the early 1970s in New York City in the United States as it was commonly heard in block parties. Rapping occurred when DJs started to isolate the percussion breaks of funk songs and to extend them. The MC, Master of Ceremonies, then talked in between songs and interacted with the audience.

What is the difference between rap and hip-hop?

The difference between rap and hip hop is that hip hop is a culture made up of deejaying, MCing, graffiti, and dance, while rap is a form of music that emerged from Hip-Hop culture. They are sometimes differentiated by saying rap is something you do while hip-hop is a way of living.

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Bad Bunny
386000
5’11” | 1.80 m
March 10, 1994
Bad Bunny
180.000
1994.00
386000
3D
Bad Bunny
6’2” | 1.88 m
May 21, 1972
Biggie Smalls
188.000
1972.00
136000
3D
Biggie Smalls
Cardi B
1670000
5’3” | 1.60 m
October 11, 1992
Cardi B
160.000
1992.00
1670000
3D
Cardi B
5’9” | 1.75 m
September 25, 1983
Childish Gambino
175.000
1983.00
153000
3D
Childish Gambino
DMX
135000
5’10” | 1.78 m
December 18, 1970
DMX
178.000
1970.00
135000
3D
DMX
DaBaby
298000
5’8” | 1.73 m
December 22, 1991
DaBaby
173.000
1991.00
298000
3D
DaBaby
Dr. Dre
238000
6’1” | 1.85 m
February 18, 1965
Dr. Dre
185.000
1965.00
238000
3D
Dr. Dre
Drake
890000
6’0” | 1.83 m
October 24, 1986
Drake
183.000
2001.00
890000
3D
Drake
Eminem
1240000
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 17, 1972
Eminem
173.000
1972.00
1240000
3D
Eminem
Ice Cube
277000
5’8” | 1.73 m
June 15, 1969
Ice Cube
173.000
1969.00
277000
3D
Ice Cube
Jay-Z
211000
6’2” | 1.88 m
December 4, 1969
Jay-Z
188.000
1969.00
211000
3D
Jay-Z
5’8” | 1.73 m
June 8, 1977
Kanye West
173.000
1977.00
806000
3D
Kanye West
5’6” | 1.68 m
June 17, 1987
Kendrick Lamar
168.000
1987.00
750000
3D
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Pump
630000
5’6” | 1.68 m
August 17, 2000
Lil Pump
168.000
2000.00
630000
3D
Lil Pump
5’3” | 1.60 m
July 31, 1994
Lil Uzi Vert
160.000
1994.00
379000
3D
Lil Uzi Vert
Lizzo
244000
5’10” | 1.78 m
April 27, 1988
Lizzo
178.000
1988.00
244000
3D
Lizzo
5’2" | 1.57 m
July 1, 1971
Missy Elliott
157.000
1971.00
82200
3D
Missy Elliott
Nas
207000
5’8” | 1.73 m
September 14, 1973
Nas
173.000
1973.00
207000
3D
Nas
P Diddy
108000
5’10” | 1.78 m
November 4, 1969
P Diddy
178.000
1969.00
108000
3D
P Diddy
6’0” | 1.83 m
July 4, 1995
Post Malone
183.000
1995.00
876000
3D
Post Malone
6’4” | 1.93 m
October 20, 1971
Snoop Dogg
193.000
1971.00
335000
3D
Snoop Dogg
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 16, 1990
The Weeknd
173.000
1990.00
490000
3D
The Weeknd
5’9” | 1.75 m
June 16, 1971
Tupac Shakur
175.000
1971.00
358000
3D
Tupac Shakur
Ice Cube
Height comparison diagram of Ice Cube compared to other musicians

Ice Cube is an American rapper and actor. In 1987 hse co-created the group N.W.A alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy-E and rose to fame after the release of their debut album Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube is known for his politically driven and sometimes explicit and controversial, rap style. In 1991 he began his acting career when he appeared in Boyz n The Hood alongside Cuba Gooding JR and Regina King. Subsequent films include Are We There Yet? And 21 Jump Street. In 2015, he appeared in the biographical film Straight Outta Comptom, which documented the early journey of N.W.A. Ice Cube was played by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Ice Cube has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Ice Cube with overall height
Ice Cube is an American rapper and actor. In 1987 hse co-created the group N.W.A alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy-E and rose to fame after the release of their debut album Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube is known for his politically driven and sometimes explicit and controversial, rap style.

Ice Cube has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Ice Cube with overall height
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Years Active: 1986-present

Given Name
O'Shea Jackson
Birthday
June 15, 1969

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Drake
Series of illustrations of Drake walking and dancing with height labeled

Drake was born in Ontario, in 1986. He self released three mixtapes, before being signed by Young Money entertainment, in 2009. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. His next album earned him his first Grammy award in 2011. His music is often described as a mix of R&B, Hip hop, and rap. He is known for his lyrics about his personal life and relationships with women. His fourth album, Views, is Drake's best- selling album to date. He holds the record for the most successful digital singles artist.

Drake is 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

Drake was born in Ontario, in 1986. He self released three mixtapes, before being signed by Young Money entertainment, in 2009. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. His music is often described as a mix of R&B, Hip hop, and rap.

Drake is 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

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Years Active: 2001-present

Given Name
Aubrey Drake Graham
Birthday
October 24, 1986

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Drake side elevation (walking), front (dancing), front (low dancing)

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Lil Pump
Set of illustrations of Lil Pump in various poses measured with overall height

Lil Pump was born Gazzy Garcia, in Miami, in the year 2000. He released his debut single on the streaming service Soundcloud, in 2016, earning recognition within the underground rap scene. He released his first studio album in 2017 to critical acclaim, later signing a record deal with Warner Bros for $8 million. Although still young, he has already collaborated with DJ Khaled, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. He has a large social media following but is often criticised for his public drug taking. He is also known for his catchphrase - ‘esskeetit’.

Lil Pump has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Lil Pump in assorted poses
Lil Pump was born Gazzy Garcia, in Miami, in the year 2000. He released his debut single on the streaming service Soundcloud, in 2016, earning recognition within the underground rap scene. He has a large social media following and is known for his catchphrase - ‘esskeetit’.

Lil Pump has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Group of silhouette illustrations of Lil Pump in assorted poses
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Years Active: 2015–present

Given Name
Gazzy Garcia
Birthday
August 17, 2000

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Lil Pump front (rapping), walking (peace), side (rapping)

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Eminem
Dimensioned collection of drawings of Eminem in various poses from standing to rapping with Eminem's height labeled

Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, in Missouri, in 1972. He began rapping as a teenager, but gained recognition when he performed and recorded as Slim Shady, his more violent alter ego. In 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP to critical acclaim, selling 1.76 million copies in the first week. In 2002, he starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the film, 8 Mile, later winning an Academy Award for the song from the soundtrack, Just Lose It. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and has won fifteen Grammy awards. He is a controversial figure, and has been investigated for a number of crimes.

Eminem is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, in Missouri, in 1972. He began rapping as a teenager, but gained recognition when he performed as Slim Shady, his more violent alter ego. In 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP to critical acclaim, selling 1.76 million copies in the first week.

Eminem is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Eminem
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Years Active: 1988-present

Given Name
Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Birthday
October 17, 1972

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Eminem front (standing), side (rapping), front (rapping)

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Biggie Smalls | The Notorious B.I.G.
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Biggie Smalls in relation to other musicians

Biggie Smalls is an American rapper. His real name is Christopher George Latore Wallace but he is better known by his numerous stage names which also include The Notorious B.I.G and Biggie. Born in New York City in 1972, he was central to the East Coast Hip-hop scene and was known for his laidback rapping style and complex lyrics. His most famous tracks include Juicy and Big Poppa. Biggie was awarded the Billboard Music Awards' Rapper of the Year in 1995. In 1997, he was killed in a drive by shooting. His second album entitled Life After Death was released two weeks later to critical success.

Biggie Smalls had a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Biggie Smalls labeled with overall height
Biggie Smalls is an American rapper. His real name is Christopher George Latore Wallace but he is better known by his numerous stage names which also include The Notorious B.I.G and Biggie. Born in New York City in 1972, he was central to the East Coast scene and was known for his laidback style.

Biggie Smalls had a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Biggie Smalls labeled with overall height
Biggie Smalls | The Notorious B.I.G.
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6’2” | 1.88 m
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Years Active: 1992-1997

Death: March 9, 1997 (24)

Given Name
Christopher George Latore Wallace
Birthday
May 21, 1972

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Biggie Smalls elevations (assorted), performing

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