What is the difference between rap and hip hop?

October 16, 2008 10:13am CST
I am confused about the difference in rap and hip hop music.I think that rap has same beats like hip hop with hip hop leading charts in case of its fast music beats.But rap songs have more faster words and inline meanings.I am always confused between the difference of the two.Share your view about difference between rap and hip hop.
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@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Here's what I found...since you asked a good question - I went online for an answer. A: This is one of the trickier questions we've tried to answer. It seems every time we're about to arrive at an easy explanation someone throws in a different opinion. Some maintain that rap is a kind of music, whereas hip-hop is a lifestyle — one that includes rap, break dancing, DJing, and graffiti art. Rap pioneer and sage KRS-One says simply, "Rap is something you do, but hip-hop is something you live." Others, however, insist that hip-hop is a musical style distinct from rap, for very specific reasons: mainly hip-hop has a particular beat and uses scratching and "breaks" (samples). They claim rapping over a soul or heavy metal track could never be hip-hop. In other words, these folks say all hip-hop is rap, but not all rap is hip-hop. Unfortunately for us label-hungry knowledge junkies looking for a quick fix, we'll never arrive at a firm answer. Designations such as "rap" and "hip-hop" are never set in stone, but are free to flow and evolve, kind of like the songs themselves. Of course, some hip-hoppers just enjoy the scene and leave it at that. In the words of the ever-eloquent Biggie Smalls: "Birthdays was the worst days. Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay."