- n. A form of popular music emphasizing spoken rhymes over heavily rhythmic backing tracks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
““In terms of language about sex and violence,” says Jim Steinblatt of ASCAP, “the gangsta-lifestyle music is still big, but as rap music has become more mainstream, the lyrics are not quite as explicit.””
“The girlfriend told the first officer on the scene that she did not see the assailant’s face, nor could she determine his race, but she thought he was one of the neighbors with whom Patout had quarreled over the rap music he played full-blast almost every night until 1 a.m.”
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