Rap (14 Artists) – 21 of 23 Genres

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Rap music as a genre began at block parties in New York City in the early 1970s, when DJs began isolating the percussion breaks of funk, soul, and disco songs and extending them. … As rapping as an art form and a technique continued to develop.

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Missy Elliot (1971- )
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Elliott has been referred to as the “Queen of Rap” by media outlets. She has sold over 30 million records in the United States. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards. The Mercury News ranked her the top female rapper of all time. She is the best-selling female rapper in Nielsen Music history, according to Billboard in 2017. She became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the MTV VMAs Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awardfor her impact on the music video landscape. In 2020, Billboard ranked her at number five on the 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time. In 2021, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is originally from Portsmouth, VA. One of her many top charted hits: “Hot Boyz” (https://youtu.be/FRkev5Aooms) (RQ 9).

Post Malone
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Post Malone (1995- ). From Syracuse, NY. Known for his introspective songwriting. “White Iverson.” (https://youtu.be/SLsTskih7_I) (RQ 10).

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (1990- ). From Toronto, Canada. One of his recordings: “The Hills.” (https://youtu.be/yzTuBuRdAyA) (RQ 10).

Kanye West
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Kanye West (1977- ). Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago. The rapper has sold more than 160M records and has won 22 Grammy Awards. Posts 32 and 33. “Gold Digger.” (https://youtu.be/6vwNcNOTVzY) (RQ 10).

Jack Harlow (23 Years Old)
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Jackman Thomas Harlow (born March 13, 1998) is an American rapper. He is signed to Don Cannon and DJ Drama’s record label Generation Now, an imprint of Atlantic Records. He is also the co-founder of his own musical collective, Private Garden. His first major breakthrough came with the release of his 2020 single “Whats Poppin”, (https://youtu.be/EoxkdcQAZmQ) (TQ 8) which peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. His first studio album, Thats What They All Say, was released on December 11, 2020, and debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200. In 2021, he was a guest on Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby”; it became number one on the Hot 100, becoming Harlow’s highest charting song overall and his first chart topper.

Sophie Pecora
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Pecora, Sophie (19 yrs old). “Godzilla” (https://youtube.com/shorts/hNJ_OTt8AFE?feature=share). The fastest lyrics you’ll ever hear!

There are 8 more Rap artists within this blog:

Afrobeats
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Afrobeats. “NAIJA 2020” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/LD9vJq__z0s) (RQ 8).

J. Balvin & Tainy
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Balvin, J. (& Tainy). “Agua” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/QLz9VaksClg) (RQ 8).

Dancehall
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Dancehall. “Murder She Wrote” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/) (RQ 7).

Eminem
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Eminem (1972- ). “Lose Yourself” Post 27 (https://youtu.be/xFYQQPAOz7Y) (RQ10+).

IV Jay
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IV Jay (Jaylynn) (18 yrs old). “Medicine” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/CSQzFO8ssaU) (RQ 10).

Kodie Shane
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Shane, Kodie (& Lil Yachty). “Sad” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/QGIDU7V3osQ) (RQ 6).

Chris Sorisno
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Sorisno, Chris (CJ). “Whoopty” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/2xWkATdMQms) (RQ 10).

Carl Wine
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Wine, Carl. “Baila Curhat” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/eaF21myz_IM) (RQ 9).