When it came time for Left Eye's rap, everyone wondered if an "L" replacement was on deck to surprise us.
Awarded $3.8 million in his civil case, King opened a rap label, but it folded a few years later.
With Biggie gone, someone had to take his place as the king of East Coast rap, and in 1998, Jay-Z did.
I wrote two books about Raylan before the series [Riding the rap and Pronto].
Moments before he begins to rap, his eyes dart nervously around.
Judy, crawling on all fours toward the closet, was about to conceal herself behind protecting skirts, when the rap was repeated.
But it is almost certain that he didn't care a rap for his lost dignity.
He didn't care a rap what people said, and every single year he proposed to me, always on New Year's Day.
He said bitterly to the cop at the door: "I bet they beat this rap!"
Nearer and nearer they came, till she heard a rap like that of a great sword against her door.
c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., "strike, smite, knock," from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone's) knuckles "give light punishment" is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
"talk informally, chat," 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning "say, utter" (1879), originally "to utter a sudden oath" (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning "to perform rap music" is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)
[origin unknown; perhaps related to repartee, perhaps to rapport, perhaps to rapid]