Let’s take a look.
1. Rap means “to talk about yourself.”
Rap is a form of self-referential communication, especially from the perspective of a rap artist or musician.
2. Rap is generally spoken in verse/solo song structure, but there’s variations.
The word rap came into public notice in the early years of the internet, and its appearance in popular usage is tied to its use on Reddit, in online forums, and as a part-time street slang term in Chicago.
3. Rap has traditionally been associated with Black and Chicano culture, whether the culture is from Southern California or New York.
A common misconception is that “Rap” is the same as “Roc Nation” and that this is why rap music is a form of Black Chicano culture. The origins of rap music date back to the 1920s when the “New York P.D.” was formed, when a group of urban and rural Black Harlem gangsters began writing and performing songs that were both rap and rhyme. Hip hop culture developed in the late 1960s in Los Angeles, where street musicians formed the Beats, or Dr. Dre, label in 1971 to record and distribute those rap and R&B songs.
4. “Rappers” are a subculture created by and for women.
While the term “rap” may have originated as a woman’s language, it came to describe the men of the Black and Chicano culture as well in the early 1990s. The term “rap-culture” originated in 1994 from the Chicago/Cleveland hip hop scene which saw groups like Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records. Since then, the term “rap”, and its related hip hop culture, has spread to other regions of the country including the South.
Some of the lyrics used in the past with the word “rap” are: “I’m a motherfuckin’ mafioso.” (Famous lines from Tupac Shakur’s classic “I Fucking Love It” song)
You got a rap game? No fear / You got a rap game / ‘Cause I got a rap game. / Rap like a motherfuckin’ motherfuckin’ bitch / A motherfuckin’ motherfucker with a rap game. (Hook from The Black Mambazo, song from The Black Mambazo, song from The White Mambazo)
I got a rap game / I