/rap/, v., rapped, rapping, n.v.t.1. to strike, esp. with a quick, smart, or light blow: He rapped the door with his cane.2. to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out a command.3. (of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often fol. by out).4. Slang. to criticize sharply: Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.5. Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.6. Metall. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.v.i.7. to knock smartly or lightly, esp. so as to make a noise: to rap on a door.8. Slang. to talk or discuss, esp. freely, openly, or volubly; chat.9. Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.n.10. a quick, smart, or light blow: a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.11. the sound produced by such a blow: They heard a loud rap at the door.12. Slang. blame or punishment, esp. for a crime.13. Slang. a criminal charge: a murder rap.14. Slang. response, reception, or judgment: The product has been getting a very bad rap.15. Slang.a. a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.b. talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel: a high-pressure sales rap.16. See rap music.17. beat the rap, Slang. to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.18. take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.[1300-50; 1960-65 for def. 8; ME rappen (v.), rap(p)e (n.); akin to Sw rappa to beat, drub, G rappeln to rattle; senses "to talk," "conversation, talk" perh. of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of REPARTEE is questionable]rap2/rap/, n.1. the least bit: I don't care a rap.2. a counterfeit halfpenny formerly passed in Ireland.[1715-25; orig. uncert.]rap31. to carry off; transport.2. to transport with rapture.3. to seize for oneself; snatch.[1520-30; back formation from RAPT]
* * *Musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted ("rapped") to musical accompaniment.This backing music, which can include digital sampling (music and sounds extracted from other recordings), is also called hip-hop, the name used to refer to a broader cultural movement that includes rap, deejaying (turntable manipulation), graffiti painting, and breakdancing. Rap, which originated in African American communities in New York City, came to national prominence with the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (1979). Rap's early stars included Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Public Enemy (who espoused a radical political message), and the Beastie Boys. The late 1980s saw the advent of "gangsta rap," with lyrics that were often misogynistic or that glamorized violence and drug dealing. More recent stars have included Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jay-Z, OutKast, and Eminem.
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