Rap devil is one of those lyrics that have become part of Australian pop culture for over a decade.
But what is it?
And how does it relate to the Australian public?
I asked three rap devil experts what makes it so iconic and which rap artists are using it. 1.
The lyrics: Rap devil lyrics can range from playful to vicious.
Rap devil comes from the word “piston” which means “soul”.
This is a reference to the soul of the rap devil and how the devil uses his soul to create his own unique sound.
“The rap devil is a little bit like a musical instrument,” says DJ Roxy.
“It’s a little thing that’s playing out on the turntable and the rhythm is very, very quick.”
The rap devil’s rhythm is fast and chaotic and the words are usually in rhyme.
“There’s a lot of slang in the rap, but the real rap devil song is the kind of slang that’s actually spoken in the song,” says Roxy, “The one with the lyrics.”
The rhyming slang is typically in the form of rhymes like: “Ridin’ the bitch with the dick, bitch, bitch,” or “Rack up your bitch, rack up your dick.”
In the same vein, rap devil songs often incorporate the word rap.
Rap devils usually have the word ‘r’ and ‘p’ at the end of the phrase, or sometimes even in the middle of the rhyme, which is what made the rhyming so catchy to the general public.
The imagery: Rap devils are usually accompanied by images of the devil, such as skulls or skulls with horns, or the devil’s hands or the mouth.
Rap and rap devil images often take on a demonic feel.
The devil can often be seen as a man wearing black robes and a mask.
In rap devil imagery, there are also scenes of the dead being burned and eaten.
In Australia, the devil has historically been depicted in a way that is often associated with the devil or the Catholic Church.
“In Australia, you’ve got all sorts of Catholic symbols on the back of cars,” says Mr McNeil.
“They’re called devils, and they’re devils who wear black and black robes.”
He says there’s a sense of mystery about the images, and that they’re often accompanied by a story.
“A lot of the stories are really about the death of the person,” he says.
“When I first got into this, the story was about the man who was killed by his daughter, who was a nun.
It’s like the story of the murder of his son.”
Rap devil songs are usually sung at the beginning and end of a song.
This means the singer is telling the listener something about the devil.
“I have a story about how my mother was killed when I was four years old,” says MC Gee, who also sings the rap song “Sons of the Devil”.
“When you listen to the rap you get the sense of being in the afterlife, and the devil is very good at killing.”
The sound: Rap and roll has always been associated with hard rock and heavy metal.
“Rap and roll is a very, like, hard rock, and metal band,” says the DJ.
“And rap is just a very cool genre of music.”
MC Gah says the word is associated with a lot more than just heavy metal, like the “fist-waving, metal music, the metal vocals”.
“If you were to look at a rap album, they’ll have all the metal elements,” he explains.
“You’ll have some of the heavy metal elements in there.”
For some, rap and roll comes with a certain aura.
“For me, I just get it.
I like it,” says Ms Jones.
“That’s what I love about it, that it’s a genre that’s just so unique.
It can’t be played the same way in all different languages.”
For more information about the Australian Rap Devil, visit rapdevil.com.au or call 1800 666 666.