What’s in a rap? rap definition
This is the first in a series of articles on the origins of the term “rap” and its definitions.
This is part of the ABC’s Rap History series, a look at how Australian music and culture has evolved over time.
Listen to Part One of this series.
Rap lyrics are often used to describe behaviour, but also to describe other people.
The most well-known rap lyrics have been those of artists like Nas and Kanye West, who are known for their ability to combine pop lyrics with rap beats and hip-hop lyrics.
While most rap lyrics are of the humorous, the most common lyrics are more serious and often express anger or resentment towards those around them.
The meaning of “rap”.
Rapper Eminem, for example, says his lyrics “come with a price”.
“They have to be worth it for the person who gave them to me to be real,” he said in 2013.
The phrase “rap song” is often used as a shorthand for rap lyrics that describe the behaviour or ideas of a person.
Rappers often reference their favourite rap songs to show off their rap skills, and to describe their favourite songs to others.
They are often also used to talk about other rappers, but not necessarily as an insult.
“Rappers are the ones who are putting out the lyrics,” said Professor John Kelly, a lecturer in Australian literature and literature at the University of NSW.
“They are the people who are writing lyrics, so you can kind of understand why they do that.”
In this image, rappers Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are seen at a party in Los Angeles in 2014.
The word “rap”, or hip-hip, refers to the lyrical content of a rap song.
The lyrics of rap songs are often written by artists in a genre of music, but they can be written in a range of styles including rock, rap, jazz, hip-hops, soul and gospel.