Hip hop music, also known as rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s.
Rap being a primary ingredient of hip hop music, it is commonly associated with that genre in particular; however, the origins of rap predate hip-hop culture by many years. Precursors to modern rap include the West African griot tradition,  certain vocal styles of blues ,  jazz ,  1960s African-American poetry  and Sprechgesang .
Rap music definition, a style of popular music, developed by disc jockeys and urban Black performers in the late 1970s, in which an insistent, recurring beat pattern provides the background and counterpoint for rapid, slangy, and often boastful rhyming patter intoned by a vocalist or vocalists: the hottest new talent in rap music today.
Rap's core components are beats and rhymes, but that simplicity belies the wide range of sounds that have sprung from them. Instrumentalists, a sampled breakbeat, or a drum machine can form the backbone of a track, while an arrangement can be spaciously spare or chaotically dense, and a chorus can range from atonal shouting to a sweet melody.
Rap, musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted (’rapped’) to musical accompaniment. This backing music, which can include digital sampling, is also called hip-hop, the name used to refer to a broader cultural movement that includes rap, deejaying, graffiti painting, and break dancing.
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