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  • Rap is music

    When people say "rap isn't really music" thats like saying when trains were used and cars were introduced thats like saying cars aren't real transportation. All music is a form of expression , so is rap. Rap has rhythm, it expresses something. What really isn't music is stuff like dub step.

  • Rap is labeled as music unfortunately.

    I do not like rap, but it is a form of expression, and is labeled as music. I use expression loosely, because rhyming about swearing, pot, violence, and sex just reflects how insecure they are, they think they need to act gangsta to look big and bad, when they are just sissies trying to build up a gangsta image.

  • How is it not?

    Okay before you all go running your mouths saying rap is not music what do the rappers rap to? Oh yeah!! MUSIC. They rap to the beats and its not just about poetry yeah it rhymes but you read poetry not RAPidly speak it. Just because you don't like rap doesn't mean it isn't music, If its the kids you're worried about then let their parents decide if they want their kids listening to it or not.

  • Yes rap is definitely music.

    Rap has music in it so if you're going to go running your mouths about how it is "POETRY" I am sorry to say you are wrong. Rap concentrates on the beat of the music you cant just write a poem and say here is my rap. It doesn't work like that rap has to have a beat to it its not all about poetry either its about how they speak they RAPidly speak it. Yes there are many rap songs that are dirty and might have inappropriate language in it. If its the kids you're worried about well its the parents choice on if the child can listen to it or not.

  • Yes, the definition says so

    The definition of rap is: "vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion."
    Now, rap includes both vocal and instrumental sounds and can definitely produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion. Not all rap is people pointing guns at the screen and promoting drug use and violence, most of the tome it is very expressive and can be beautiful. No one would say chart music isn't music but a lot of songs in the chart don't have deep meanings or are beautiful so if you're saying rap isn't music you must be saying chart music isn't music. Why does the fact it may push children to do drugs and shoot guns not make it music. So you're saying if it had a different video it would be music? The video has nothing to do with the song.

  • Yes, rap is music

    Rap may not be to everyone's appeal, but it must be classified as music. It has some singing, instrumental sections, drum beats. What many people would say is not music would be the rapping itself, which is at times just fast-talking, but even this, put to music, must be considered music.

  • How would it not be?

    Of course rap is a genre of music. Rap mostly focuses on rhythm with its drums, it's sampling techniques and Rapping (which is basically spoken rhyming lyrics). How anyone can deny it to be music is beyond me. I think saying that something is not music just because you don't like it is really dumb.

  • Yes, because reading it is not the same as hearing it.

    Could you read rap lyrics? Sure. Would the experience of reading rap lyrics be the same as the experience of listening to that same rap song? No, it wouldn't . The rhythm and sounds of rap music add to it's impact in a way that needs to be heard. That's why rap deserves a place in the music category. There are lots of musical styles. Just because some people don't like some styles doesn't make them not music.

  • Yes, rap should be considered music.

    Many people enjoy the lyrical content and rhythm that rap music uses. It must be considered music because it is composed of the same elements that make up any other genre of music. Though many people of different generations do not enjoy listening to rap music, it should still be considered music.

  • Yes it is

    R A P I S M U S I C O K W H E T H E R Y O U L I K È I T I mean its a form of expressing yourself so why should it not be considered "real" music. Just because people don't like it doesn't mean it's automatically not music

  • Secret hELP@ Y

    Rap music is repulsive like all the rappers (:We don't want kids thinking its okay to play with real AK47s just because shooting people on Call of Duty is fun. As citizens, we should only listen to Christian gospel to reshape our lives including the children for the next generation.

  • Rap is vulgar, devoid of musical content and a plague on the world.

    Repeat the headline over and over, over and over.

    I defy anyone to listen to rap and tell me what key it's in, what the chord progression is or anything else that has to do with actual music. It's a sad sign that people think rap has any redeeming value.

  • Rap is vulgar, devoid of musical content and a plague on the world.

    Repeat the headline over and over, over and over.

    I defy anyone to listen to rap and tell me what key it's in, what the chord progression is or anything else that has to do with actual music. It's a sad sign that people think rap has any redeeming value.

  • Rap is absolutely terrifying!

    Rap constantly Idolizes women, it's always talking about things to do TO women. Not what to do WITH them, there's a very big difference. Rap also suggests unwanted violence with women, as in, "Slap the B**ch!" It is not respectful. Completely terrifying if your a girl. Rap is NOT even music. Just stupid rhyming words.

  • It is elevated poetry

    It's just not music. Music involves changes in tone (usually from the 8 note scale). Rap doesn't have that. It's simply poetry to a beat. You could then determine that anyone reading something aloud *could* be considered a rapper. It's too undefined, with little explanation. Thus, it's not yet ready to be called music.

  • Rap is B*llcrap

    Rap doesn't follow any melodious or synchronization with a given rhythm or syncopated sequence. It's just talking. And usually it's content isn't "artistic" or even poignant, it's a shallow insecure attempted boast about how many "hoe's" African Americans have "claimed" "in da club" in their "being". It's content is focused on acquiring women (as sexual objects), cars (as a means of attracting shallow women), and flouting the outrageous amounts of money rap "artists" are making for doing nothing more than talking obscenely about women/money/sex. The fact that 20 years ago, and all the time before then, an actual artist didn't need naked girls flinging themselves on talentless "singers" to give substance to their "art". You can watch a "rap" / African American music video without having to endure a hundred fake breasts, bubble-butts, thongs, "twerking", etc, which is only there to distract from the vapid "music". I'll be pleased when this fad of "black Street" music ends and we can all get back to real music. Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, etc... Mega-stars who didn't need softcore porn to gain fame. They made it through talent and personality. Not a 'gold tooth' or voice digitizer in sight... QED.

  • Rap is Crap

    Rap doesn't follow any melodious or synchronization with a given rhythm or syncopated sequence. It's just talking. And usually it's content isn't "artistic" or even poignant, it's a shallow insecure attempted boast about how many "hoe's" African Americans have "claimed" "in da club" in their "being". It's content is focused on acquiring women (as sexual objects), cars (as a means of attracting shallow women), and flouting the outrageous amounts of money rap "artists" are making for doing nothing more than talking obscenely about women/money/sex. The fact that 20 years ago, and all the time before then, an actual artist didn't need naked girls flinging themselves on talentless "singers" to give substance to their "art". You can watch a "rap" / African American music video without having to endure a hundred fake breasts, bubble-butts, thongs, "twerking", etc, which is only there to distract from the vapid "music". I'll be pleased when this fad of "black Street" music ends and we can all get back to real music. Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Guns n Roses, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, etc... Mega-stars who didn't need softcore porn to gain fame. They made it through talent and personality. Not a 'gold tooth' or voice digitizer in sight... QED.

  • Talk is not music

    Talking is not music. Singing is music but talking is not singing, it is that simple. Just because rap has lyrics, a beat and rhythm does not mean it is music. The use of Inflection, accents and dynamics does not qualify as music, it may be a form of art but without harmony and melody it is not music. People live in false consciousness when they think rap is music. Rap is a form of art but it is incredibly limited as a single dimensional, flat and motionless form of art. If you don't understand the language then it is dead, useless and worthless. Because there are virtually no instruments then the expression is void of multi linguistic expression. Whereas jazz can be listened to and enjoyed by anyone because the instruments have no language barrier. Misinformed and uneducated supporters of the falsehood that rap is music can at least revel in the notion that they have an art form though anyone with at least the very basic knowledge of what defines music knows talking is not music. If that were the case than any human that is not mute would be a musician.

  • No singing, no notes, no change in pitch, no dynamics, no tone, just beat =NO MUSIC

    Rappers cannot sing, rappers do not play instruments. Rap is just oft times, but not always, narcissistic, vulgar and violent laced poetry SPOKEN NOT SUNG. Most of the time the POEMS are all about the RAPPER themselves, extolling their toughness, their want to put a cap in someone's head, stank HOES and such. IT's a GOD DAMN DRAG too with a MONOTONOUS, MONOTONOUS, MONOTONOUS, MONOTONOUS BORING BEAT. Sorry. It's my right to piss all over it as I am a TRUE musician.

  • No it's not

    Not all rap is bad, but most newer rap is. Some old stuff can have somewhat-musical choruses and is fun to listen to, but anything in the mainstream is essentially "Talking to a beat." It's a disgrace to the music industry because there are no notes and people who say it's poetry, it's not. Look at the lyrics and tell me that a regular poet would use the f-word 100 times.


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