Rap is music
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Imagine a beautiful Beethoven Symphony; feel the violins playing long continuous phrases, and the way it blends with the surrounding instruments. The line that the violin is playing is called the melody; if you are able to whistle, hum or play it on a pitched instrument, it is a melody.
Now imagine a bongo drum concerto; you can't, they don't exist. Why? Because the bongo drums are unpitched percussion instruments; they are unable to sustain a melody. If someone were to play a basic rock beat on a drum kit, would you be able to whistle it back?
Now, think of a rap song. Try and hum, whistle or play what the rapper is rapping. You simply can't, because like a drum kit or a bongo drum, the rapper is only singing a couple of different pitches.
Rapping is like playing an untuned percussion instrument; rappers are unable to sustain a melody.
Without a melody, a piece of music simply isn't a piece of music. It's like making a banana cake without bananas; it would just be a cake that wouldn't hold together very well, the way Rap as a genre does.
Secondly, music CAN have melody, but melody is not required.
Merriam Webster Online Dictionary Defines Music as:
a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity
b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
If you listen to any rap track, a beat is played in the background, a syllables are uttered in a rhythmic fashion. According to Merriam Webster, a track does not necessarily need music to be characterized as music. Rap indeed contains sounds uttered in succession and combination, and indeed contains unity and continuity. Rap is a rhythmic type of music rather than a melodic type, requiring a lyrical genius. Furthermore, all rap tracks contain a beat, normally interlaced with melodic elements as well as rhythmic, drum driven ones.
Do you not consider the drums and chanting of Native Americans music? What about all-percussion groups such as stomp? No melodies are required there, yet stomp even has its own musical. A musical in its name implies music. Therefore a lack of melody cannot be considered a lack of music (even though most rap does contain melodic elements)
Therefore, according to Merriam Webster's definition of the word music, rap cannot be excluded.
I would just like to reinforce the fact that melody alone cannot constitute music. As I said earlier, there is a Stomp musical based solely off of percussion. A musical implies music, and therefore shows that rhythm can characterize music, which my Merriam Webster definition affirmed. Rap does have rhythm. Listen to this track by Eminem if you get the chance:
This track demonstrates the rhythm, rhyme sequence, some melody in the chorus, and technical skills needed to show that rap is music. It's also a really good song.
Therefore, by the same points I used above (it fits the dictionary definition without a flaw, and falls in line with societal standards of music), rap is music.
It's time to truly define what music is.
Firstly, where does music come from? Looking back throughout history, we can see that music has two basic origins, those being from nature and the Church
So what is music from nature? Another name for it is Prehistoric Music, and basically consists ofthe sounds made by animals. It is debatable how far exactly this dates back to, but it could be anywhere from 6,000 years ago to several hundred million years ago. So yes, basic Prehistoric Music didn't really have a melody, it was just sounds; random noises produced by nature. This is one form of real music.
And then there's the Church. This is a music sung/played to worship God. So it could be believed that another form of "real" music is anything made with the purpose of worshiping God.
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Vote Placed by PeacefulChaos 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro provided definitions for music and, using them, reinforced why rap is a form of music. Con attempted to refute by differentiating between two different forms of music (natural and Church); however, he simply admitted that music doesn't necessarily need to have a melody. This discredited his earlier argument, and thus Pro won in convincing arguments. Pro also was the only person to provide sources, and he thus won the source points.
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