Are Hip Hop and Rap the same thing?

United States
May 27, 2009 6:59pm CST
I feel like there is a definite distinction between the two for myself. For instance, I can't really listen to 50 cent and take it seriously but I love Busdriver. I feel like 50 Cent is Gangsta Rap and Busdriver is Hip Hop. Hip Hop seems to have a more thoughtful composition and the content is typically intelligent social or political commentary or sometimes just funny. Rap seems to me to be about thugging and getting laid and effed up on drugs and making lots of money. I know that many hip hop artists rap to their music but does all hip hop involve rapping. I feel like some IDM could even count. what are your views and preferences
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
28 May 09
To put it plainly, yes, but then no. See, rap is an expression of music but more like words set to music; Its still a bit in it's young stages. Hip hop is also an expression of music and you may say came from rap but go further; Its also music but to many it is a way of life. Rap came first, then Hip Hop and to be honest you cannot have one without the other. I am going to add wikipedia's link, so you can understand further.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hop_music Now to a lot of America, many feel that rap is about the things you mentioned earlier; Sadly, that was not what it was all about. Rap and Hip Hop started as an expression of the inner city African American male or female put to song or music. If they had a good day, they talked about it, if it wasn't, they talked about it. The original rappers, they was just having some fun and hanging on the corner of the Bronx and starting a movement. They didn't know it then but now they do. I truly hoped I explained it well to you.
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• United States
28 May 09
Thanks! I actually know a bit about it's origins and I agree that it is sad that the common stereotype of rap is what I mentioned earlier. I have always just felt that rap was something utilized in hip hop and not entirely inseparable. I also think it's really neat how you mentioned that the original rappers were starting a movement without even knowing it. Such a wonderful thing has grown from those first seeds of thought. Thank you very much for sharing.
• United States
28 May 09
No problem; You might say they were brothers that try to separate but cannot. They are intermingled. I am glad I could be of some help. Peace.
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