Rappers | Rap
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.
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.
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.
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.