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Rapping (also known as emceeing, MCing, spitting (bars), or rhyming) refers to "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics". The art form can be broken down into different components, as in the book How to Rap where it is separated into "content", "flow" (rhythm and rhyme), and "delivery". Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that it is performed in time to a beat.

Rapping is a primary ingredient in hip hop music and reggae, but the phenomenon predates hip hop culture by centuries. It can also be found in alternative rock such as that of Cake and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rapping is also used in Kwaito music, a genre that originated in Johannesburg, South Africa and is composed of hip hop elements. Rapping can be delivered over a beat or without accompaniment. Stylistically, rap occupies a gray area among speech, prose, poetry, and song. The use of the word (meaning originally "to hit") to describe quick speech or repartee, long predates the musical form. The word had been used in British English since the 16th century, and specifically meaning "to say" since the 18th. It was part of the African American dialect of English in the 1960s meaning "to converse", and very soon after that in its present usage as a term denoting the musical style. Today, the terms "rap" and "rapping" are so closely associated with hip hop music that many use the terms interchangeably.

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423 plays, 6 followers

Chicago, IL, United States

Rap, Alternative, R&B

Belve TuT
298 plays, 4 followers

Baltimore , Maryland , United States

Hip Hop, Rap, Pop

130 plays, 4 followers

Texas, United States


343 plays, 2 followers

Huntsvillle, Alabama, United States

Hip Hop, Rap

Lay Swave
177 plays, 2 followers

Washington, DC, United States

Rap, Hardcore, Hip Hop

D.O.S. (Destroy On Sight)
546 plays, 1 followers

Madrid, Spain

Hip Hop, Rap

Ike Dola
299 plays, 1 followers

Oakland, United States

Hip Hop, Rap

The Real Chit Chat
181 plays, 1 followers

Detroit, United States


126 plays, 1 followers

Birimingham Al, United States


88 plays, 1 followers

Tulsa,Oklahoma, United States


Ice Cold
33 plays, 2 followers

Yaounde, United Kingdom


30 plays, 2 followers

Lagos, Nigeria


69 plays, 1 followers

Cleveland, OH, United States

Rap, Hip Hop

Dem Mendo Kids
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Ukiah, United States

Hip Hop, Rap

48 plays, 1 followers

BELIZE CITY , United States

Hardcore, Hip Hop, Rap

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