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Does Rap Music Stand a Chance Against Other Styles of Music?

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content sharing websites. She's an author of 10 books and helps other authors publish their books.


I am not biased when it comes to styles of music but rap is probably my least favorite genre of music. I respect rappers and rap as an art form but most of the songs out there today (at least those I've heard over the years) are distasteful - talking about money, sex, booze, and other such things.

Rap is not just about rhyme and a catchy beat. It's about the message you get across to the listeners and the passion of the words you speak. It can move mountains and affect us in many ways... It can be inspirational and influential too.

Therefore I think rap has to be used for a good reason and not just to talk about money, sex, cars, drugs, etc. as rappers do nowadays. Rapping about that doesn't appeal to me but I guess it does to others. Why else would rappers who talk about these things in their songs make millions, own and live in fancy mansions, own cars that are too expensive, and be swimming in cash while also having millions of followers and fans? People must be attracted to that. Or perhaps there is something else to these rappers and songs that I am just not seeing.

I only dig EMINEM (real name: Marshall Mathers) because he actually has a lot to offer in his lyrics. And he's got passion like no other rapper out there...

In the beginning critics thought he would not succeed or get anywhere with his music but he has proven them wrong. He rose to the top (with many successful and chart topping albums) and he will continue to do so. He is the reason that rap has meaning for me and why I think that rap can indeed be influential.

As of now EMINEM is the one and only rapper I can listen to and do listen to. No one else makes my list. Jay-Z is ok but EMINEM beats him in my book regardless of who has the most fans/followers or the most money.

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Does Rap Stand a Chance Against Other Styles of Music?

When asked to compare a rap song against a pop song or a country song for example how do you say which is better? You really can't because comparing a rap song to a "real" song is like comparing apples and oranges. The two are so different that you can't really say one is better than the other.

A rap song can be just as great as an actual song if it is inspirational, if it conveys a message and leaves us thinking, if it affects us in some way. Words don't have to be sung for that to happen.

Having said that, a great rap song can very well beat out a "real" song. While I don't keep track of all the award shows I am sure that there have been instances where a rap song beat out a "real" song in some category where different music genres go head to head and I wouldn't be surprised in the least to learn that one of EMINEM's songs did just that.

Are you a fan of rap music?

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      If I remember correctly "Lose Yourself" won a major award in one of the movie awards. I think it was the Oscars but I could be wrong. Yes, now come to think of it in his songs he makes fun or disses people but he is expressing raw emotion even in songs that don't diss anyone. He doesn't sugar coat anything and tells it like it is. He is real not some fake wannabe and I admire him for that.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      I am not a big fan of rap, however there was one rapper, (cant think of his name right now) he became christian and wrote rap gospel songs and it is just beautiful.

      We have to remember, even though we know they are just songs, the younger generation seems to be inspired/motivated by words of their favorite artist.

      I was not a big fan of EM, I did not admire his words to his songs.

      However he was in a dark place and if you are in a dark place how can you write about the light, so I completely understand. You only see that dark place and he was writing what he was experiencing.

      He admitted to all his problems through songs. One song (once again cant remember the words I think its "lose yourself") he actually sings the words , we just take our cheques and go home. He has to know that the young people will do and say what these rappers do.

      However after he cleaned up I seen him on some awards show and he was singing his new song (at the time) "I am not afraid" with a choir. I have never seen Em do that before I loved it.

      I will say that Em is one of the best rappers and entertainers of this time. IF you have not heard that song you must, it has meaning and he sings of his problems and how he now in the light.

      So I give him credit for that.

      Another great hub


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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I wasn't talking about any specific rappers (aside from EMINEM). It was a general observation from songs I've heard and videos I've seen over the years in the rap music genre. Perhaps things have changed...

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      I think that your opening paragraph is invalid because it is obvious that you aren't experienced with rap. Through my observation, many people who are highly inexperienced with rap seem to tolerate Eminem (if anyone) over more seemingly 'thugged-out' artists who are communicated to another culture. I'm not really a rap advocate, but there are certainly some other passionate mainstream rappers aside from Eminem (who is also good), and of course, many more when you explore the non-mainstream. These days the rappers that blow up are of severely poor quality and the same goes for pretty much all of the genres. They all need to be explored before one can make judgements like that about them.

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I agree with you. Right now it seems to be about selling records and making millions and not about the quality of the songs...And that's sad.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I like hip-hop from the golden era but in terms of modern rap- it is hard to find quality songs talking about more than the obvious. But I honestly feel that way about most modern music- it's not about quality but selling records. I'm glad for people like Eminem but we honestly need more like him who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo.

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      Musik Orbital 5 years ago from West Palm Beach, Florida

      He is a good rapper, but it depend on your mood or stype of music

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      Regis 5 years ago

      I am not a fan of rap. However, it is another form of musical expression I suppose, and it does have quite a following. Thank you, Lena.