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The Difference Between Rap & Hip-Hop

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But many have opinions about what separates the genres. In July, Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav and Chuck D spoke with Gigwise to discuss the state of hip-hop, a topic often posed to the genre’s legends, and Flav had an interesting opinion about the difference between rap and hip-hop:

“I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo…It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’ – you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance…Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not too many great hip-hop records out there, but there are some great rap records.”

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