Difference Between Rap and Hip Hop (With Table)

Music is nothing but the arrangement of different sounds to form a single composition out of it with the help of harmony, rhythm, timbre, and melody. Many genres of music can be found and have their popularity among the listeners and some of them are – Hip Hop, EDM, Romantic, Classical, Slow, Party, Rap, and many more others. Many musical instruments help in enhancing the vocal music, these can be operated manually or by electricity. 

Rap vs Hip Hop

The main difference between Rap and Hip Hop is that Rap music is one of the elements or part of Hip Hop music that gain popularity out of the hip-hop culture. Whereas comparatively, on the other hand, Hip Hop contains many elements in its genre to form the music. There are mainly four elements including – DJing, MCing, Dance, and Graffiti.

Rap is something when an individual forms poetry with rhythm over a particular beat of the music. Nowadays, everyone claims to be a rapper artist as it is easy to form poetry with the music but that doesn’t always give them the fame of being the same. It originally originated in the late 80s and 90s in the Southern and Midwest USA.

Hip Hop is particularly known as the form of music genre. The popularity of Hip Hop music is widely known. Many people around describe music as a subculture and way of living. The music form originated in the 1980s by the Bronx Projects of NY. It comprises 4 main elements that form Hip Hop music that is – DJing, MCing, Dance, and Graffiti.

Comparison Table Between Rap and Hip Hop

Parameters of ComparisonRapHip Hop
OriginIn the 1980s by Bronx Projects by NYIn the late 80s and 90s in the Midwest and Southern USA
ElementsThe mixture of rhythm and poetryMCing, DJing, Graffiti, and Dance
Instruments UsedBass, Drums, Turntable, Mic, FL StudioSynthesizer, Drums, Bass, Mic, Turntable
DanceTwerking, Yeet, Crunk, Nae NaeBreakdancing (that is been used as the background dance performance)
Popular ArtistEminem, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, 50 Cent, Brother AliKanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G.
The tone of the MusicSort of seriousFast pace or slow

What is Rap?

Rap is a music form that gains popularity in the last two decades majorly. Rap music is one of the elements or part of a Hip Hop music composition. The rap music is sometimes a bit serious in tone. The origin of the music form is from the late years of the 1980s because of the Bronx Projects of NY. Rap music was linked to the minority community at that time (African-American).

The basic element of rap music is nothing but the mixture of poetry with the rhythm and some music beats. The musical instruments that are been used in rap music creation are – Bass, Drums, Turntable, Mic, FL Studio, and many more others. Some of the popular rap artists are – Eminem, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Brother Ali, Meek Mill, and many more.

What is Hip Hop?

Hip Hop music is also a form of music. This type of music form is also considered as the subculture and the way of life. The major 4 elements of hip hop music are – Dancing, DJing, MCing, and Graffiti. Also, the tone of hip-hop music is quite face-paced music or sometimes slow music. Hip hop music originated in the years of 1980s and 1990s in the Midwest USA and Southern USA.

The different musical instruments that are used in composing hip hop music are – Synthesizer, Bass, Drum, Mic, and many more others. Also, in hip hop music culture breakdancing is associated with it (which is performed in the background). The popular artists working in the Hip Hop music industry are – Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G.

Main Differences Between Rap and Hip Hop

  1. The origin of Rap is in the year 1980 because of the Bronx Projects of NY and it was related to the minority community (African-American) whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the origin of Hip Hop music originated in the 1980s-1990s in the Midwest USA and Southern USA.
  2. The main element behind Rap music is the rhythm of the song and the poetry associated with it whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the four main elements behind Hip Hop music are – Dance, Graffiti, DJing, and MCing. 
  3. The music instruments that are associated with Rap music are – Bass, Mic, Drums, Turntable, and FL Studio whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the musical instruments that are associated with Hip Hop music are – Synthesizers, Drums, Mic, Bass, and Turntable.
  4. There is the dance form that is linked to Rap music and that is – Twerking, Yeet, Crunk, and Nae Nae whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the dance forms associated with Hip Hop music is breakdancing (it is been used as the background dancers in the performances).
  5. The popular artist associated with the Rap music industry is – Eminem, Lil Wayne, 50 Cents, Brother Ali, Meek Mill, and much more other whereas comparatively, on the other hand, the popular artist that is associated with the Hip Hop music industry is – Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and many more others are there.
  6. The tone of Rap music is generally serious while comparatively, on the other hand, the tone of the Hip Hop music is quite fast-paced and sometimes can be slow too. 

Conclusion

Music is popular since ancient times there have been many popular artists who lived in ancient times that are been remembered till now. Music is a connection to the soul, prayer for many artists. There are many different forms or genres of music that are popular in the world. Ans each type of form requires different variations of music notes, scales, etc for composing a song.

Music is harmony and is a scientifically proven method of healing of mind, body, and soul. It relieves stress in many ways. Different instruments are their producing varied types of sounds helping in enhancing the vocal music of the artist. It embraces the music composition as well as soothes it.    

Reference

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.2307/3587669
  2. http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/792/3/the-influence-of-rap-and-hip-hop-music-an-analysis-on-audience-perceptions-of-misogynistic-lyrics
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