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Types of Hip Hop Rap Styles



Back in the 1970s rap was created. However, since then many different types of rap have formed.

Change and adaptation of the genre have become common. It wouldn’t be a surprise if new types of rap continue to come to life. It’s almost guaranteed.

Old School

The ‘Old School’ type of rap is straightforward. It’s the oldest version of rap around since the genre became official. This refers to the era of the 1970s – 1990s when rap became a movement.

The genre consists of sampled beats and mostly freestyle vocals. Back in this era old school beats were made by sampling other genres. Dj’s would sample, then loop sections from mostly funk and soul records. Then, they would layer it over with drums. Finally, rappers would lay their rhymes over it.

The beats were fairly simple & repetitive but they contained new grooves, unlike any other genre.

Today when we listen to old-school types of rap we get a nostalgic feeling. That is because a lot of rappers and producers will use vintage samples to emphasize this vintage era.

There is still a wide audience of listeners who enjoy the old-school style of music. This type of rap will most likely never die out.

Artists to check out: Sugar Hill Gang, Tupac, Slick Rick

Boom Bap

Boom bap is another old type of rap. It is very similar to old school. However, this type focuses more in on the beat. More specifically, the beat’s drums.

The boom-bap era introduced a new set of drum samples. Punchy kicks, crispy snares, and light hi-hats. Drum patterns for boom bap are almost always in duple time or 2 beats to a bar.

Similar to old school, boom bap is also heavily focused on samples for the melody.

Boom-bap artists to check out: Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep


Trap is a type of rap that is very common today. This style focuses heavily on 808 patterns and assertive lyrics.

The word trap is a slang term. It refers to neighborhoods or houses where illegal drugs and activities are taken place. The culture behind this type of rap resembles slang. A lot of lyrics in trap music reference drugs and violence.

However, the majority of Trap music today does not aim to promote illegal activities. A lot of trap rappers reference these experiences from their past. Expressing to their audience that they came from tragic backgrounds. As a result, inspiring others that anything is possible.

Trap artists to check out: Gucci Mane, Future, Megan Thee Stallion

Gangsta Rap

This type of rap focuses on aggression. The beats tend to be aggressive and the lyrics match it. It broke off of boom-bap in the 90s.

A lot of gangsta rap is about… well… gangsters. The graphic lyrics showcase the hardcore lives of being in a gang. Back in the 90s and early 2000s the more hardcore you were the better your rap career went. People gave respect to the rappers who went through the graphic stories told through their music. This music opened the eyes of a lot of people who were unfamiliar with gang life.

Today gangsta rap still exists. However, a lot of mainstream rappers use it as a marketing scheme. They use the genre as a branding technique to attract a certain audience. However, these rappers are not involved in gang activity. Similarly, their lyrics aren’t always 100% true.

But again, there are still a lot of gangsta rappers today that have experienced their lyrics. You can usually find out the truth by researching the rapper.

Gangsta rap artists to check out: Jedi Mind Tricks, Geto Boys


G-Funk is short for gangsta-funk. It is a subgenre of gangsta rap. However, it has its unique twist.

It was discovered on the west coast by Dr. Dre after he mixed funk music with hip-hop-style drums. After it was discovered it quickly became the signature sound for West Coast hip hop.

The creation of this genre had a huge impact on the rap industry. It opened the doors to a lot of west coast rappers and turned the west coast into a powerhouse for rap music.

G-funk artists to check out: Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre


Since the early 2010s Drill has become a major type of rap. It’s another form of trap and gangsta rap.

Producers such as Young Chop brought light to the style. It was formed in Chicago but adopted trap sounds from Atlanta. The beats tend to be more fast-paced with eerie melodies. The lyrics are similar to gangsta rap. Expressing the harsh realities of the streets.

Drill artists to check out: Chief Keef, Young Chop, Pop Smoke

Emo rap

I guess even rap music can have an emo phase.

Emo rap took inspiration from the tortured lyrics of Kurt Cobain, the wistful melodies of midwest emo and screamo, and the auto-laden production styles used by neo-R&B artists like T-Pain.

Naturally, emo rap is most defined by its lyrical content and visual style—with artists like Lil Uzi Vert singing about their pains while maintaining a grungy dress code.

Emo rap artists to check out: Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion


Grime is a subgenre of hip-hop that comes from the UK.

It’s known for mixing hip-hop production with electronic influences from the UK’s healthy dance music scene, particularly UK Garage music.

You’ll hear a lot of bubbly synths and freaky pads used throughout many grime tracks.

Beyond the production, Grime is most notable for its lyrical style that leans heavily into specific dialects of English from parts of London.

Both the rhythmic delivery and lyrical content feel different, with plenty of British street slang used throughout.

Grime rappers to check out: Skepta, JME

UK Drill

UK Drill builds on the trap-influenced stylings of Drill music from Chicago and combines them with the sound UK Grime rappers pioneered.

It’s a very new genre that only really grew to prominence in 2019. Rapper, Stormzy, and producer AXL Beats are the two biggest artists behind the genre.

The best way to describe UK Drill is that it marries the distinct sound of UK Grime’s rhythmic lyrical cadence with the drill’s intense drum production.

UK Drill artists to check out: Stormzy, Skengdo


New York may get credit for inventing hip-hop, but it wasn’t the only place where hip-hop was going on in the early 90s.

Down in New Orleans, a different movement was starting—Bounce was the south’s response to what was happening up north.

Compared to the hard-hitting and gritty sound of New York MCs, Bounce was fun.

Its dancy nature and heavy use of call and response sections made it easy to sing along with.

Bounce also pioneered the fusion of soul and R&B with hip-hop music and featured many great women MCs who could both sing and rap—the late Magnolia Shorty is an excellent example.

This is a truly southern genre, that gave birth to southern hip hop and inspired crunk artists like Lil John and horrorcore artists like Three 6 Mafia.

Bounce artists to check out: JUVENILE, Magnolia Shorty, DJ Jubilee


Crunk is an incredible subgenre of rap that popped up in Florida and parts of the southwestern states over the 2000s.

It’s a really interesting genre of rap to me because it sounds unique and different from most other kinds of rap. You know when you’re listening to a crunk rap song.

Crunk is a precursor to the modern trap that’s so popular right now too. It makes use of fast hi-hat production and some pretty boomy bass kicks.

But what pushes crunk over the top are its vocal characteristics—they often use loud and gnarly choruses that almost sound like they’re screaming into the mic.

The biggest crunk artist is Lil Jon, who’s famous for his prolific vocal features and his catchy way of shouting “YEAH’ and “OKAY”.

Crunk artists to check out: Lil Jon, Lil’ Scrappy, Soulja Boy

Country trap

Country trap is a relatively new genre with obvious connections to Atlanta trap and good ol’ Nashville pop country.

The mega-hit that defined the genre is Lil Nas X with Old Town Road, but outings from Nelly with Florida Georgia Line laid the groundwork for the genre.

Today’s modern country sound does take a lot of cues from trap production, you’ll hear trap hats and 808 claps in many party-oriented pop-country songs if you listen closely.

Country trap artists to check out: RMR, Little Nas X

Rap rock

Rap Rock combines the high-voltage energy of rock music with the attitude and style of hip-hop.

The genre is rooted in late 90s acts like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC but grew to mainstream prominence with 2000s artists like Linkin Park.

Rap Rock often uses influences from punk and hardcore but leaves space for rap verses by incorporating hip-hop-friendly drum parts inspired by drum and bass and boom-bap.

Rap rock artists to check out: Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine

Mumble rap

Mumble rap is somewhat of a derogatory term for some artists. But, in many ways, it’s a fair description of a certain rap style that’s popular right now.

The genre is an offshoot from trap that plays with triplet-heavy rhyming used by many trap artists.

Mumble rappers will often rhyme very quickly in triplets while using unintelligible and sometimes made-up words.

Mumble rappers to check out: Young Thug, Lil Yachty, 645AR

Jazz rap

Jazz rap has close ties to the boom-bap era of hip-hop.

That’s because so many of the samples boom-bap producers used came from jazz and soul types of vinyl.

Jazz rap in the early 2000s pushed the limits of sampling techniques and combined complex rhyme schemes with off-kilter drum production.

To me, the two figureheads of jazz-rap are the late J Dilla and MF DOOM.

J Dilla is the producer who’s credited with pioneering the off-kilter, slightly swung drum production style that’s associated with Jazz rap.

MF DOOM is a master lyricist whose ability to string extremely complex rhymes into incredible storytelling rivals no one.

Jazz rap artists to check out: Karriem Riggins, Knxwledge, Anderson.Paak


Unlike Bounce, Horrorcore is a dark and transgressive genre—like its name suggests, it’s supposed to send chills down your spine with occult imagery and graphic lyrics.

I think out of all the more old-school genres of hip-hop, my favorite artists come from the horrorcore genre because of the clear links between its production style and modern trap.

It’s just so cool to hear the evolution of hip-hop.

My favorite horrorcore group is Three 6 Mafia. Listen to their 1995 album Mystic Styles and you’ll hear why it’s credited as an early inspiration for trap music.

Horrorcore has a gritty and lo-fi edge without sounding like it’s from New York—it’s completely true to its southern roots in Memphis and Houston.

Horrorcore artists to check out: Three 6 Mafia, Geto Boys

Latin trap

Latin trap is the union of reggaeton and trap music.

In Latin trap production you’ll hear that classic reggaeton dembow drum beat combined with heavy 808s and fast trap hats.

Latin trap is often sung in Spanish and usually will feature both singing and rapped verses and choruses.

Latin trap artists to check out: Bad Bunny, Rosalia

Conscious hip-hop

Conscious hip-hop grew in tandem with boom-bap in the mid-90s—but with a political focus spawned from the 1992 LA riots.

Groups like A Tribe Called Quest and NWA witnessed what was happening with police brutality toward black communities and wrote music to voice their anger.

Conscious hip-hop kicked off a tradition of speaking truth to power in hip-hop, paving the way for artists like Common and Kendrick Lamar.

Conscious hip-hop artists to check out: Public Enemy, Jungle Brothers, The Roots

Soundcloud rap

Soundcloud is the platform many rappers today use to find their following and develop their voice.

It’s a free streaming platform where anyone can post their tracks, get feedback and find followers.

That’s why it’s no surprise that Soundcloud has given birth to many artists and even an entire style of rap.

Because the platform is free from the demands of other mainstream platforms, Soundcloud rappers have a lot of room to experiment.

Many Soundcloud rappers spit verses over weird and unique music productions, use shocking and strange lyrics and keep a colorful and artistic aesthetic.

If there’s one thing that unites successful Soundcloud rappers it’s their volume of output—these artists put a ton of content out on the platform.

Soundcloud rappers to check out: Lil B, Yung Lean, Lil Ugly Mane

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Celebrity Babies Who Were Born In 2022



Start the year off positive, with this list featuring news of celebrity babies! Forget celebrity gossip; this list is all about celebrating celebrities who recently had babies in 2022.

Some stars like to keep their children out of the spotlight, and opt not to release the child’s name or photos of their beautiful celebrity babies.

Be sure to check back for updates regarding pregnant celebrities due in 2022. 

1. Rihanna and Asap Rocky

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcomed their baby boy on May 13, 2022, according to report from TMZ. They have not yet shared the child’s name.

 The pair revealed they were expecting with a photo shoot in January 2022.

Rihanna showed off her maternity style throughout her pregnancy. Though rumors of their relationship had swirled for years

Rocky first confirmed the relationship, and how serious it was, in an interview with GQ in May 2021.

2. Kylie Jenner And Travis Scott’s Son

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott welcomed a baby boy on Feb. 2, one day after daughter Stormi’s 4th birthday.

Jenner announced her son’s arrival on Instagram on Feb. 6, captioning a black-and-white photo of Scott holding the newborn’s hand.

They have not shared any other details, though a rep did confirm to People that they had welcomed a boy.

3. Post Malone

Post Malone announced on “The Howard Stern Show” on June 13 that he welcomed a baby girl. He also revealed that he got engaged to his longtime partner.

“[At] 2:30 in the afternoon, I went and I kissed my baby girl,” Post said, and when asked if he meant his girlfriend or daughter, he added, “No, that’s my daughter.”

The private star who has kept mum since moving from Los Angeles to Utah in 2019 – revealed he was expecting his first child in May 2022.

 “I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and for since I could remember I was sad.”Told TMZ

4. Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn revealed in March that they secretly welcomed a second daughter.

“Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl. We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4 x,” Sheeran wrote, alongside a photo of baby socks. 

The couple, who got married in 2019, welcomed their first child, daughter Lyra Antarctica, in August 2020.

5. Chris Brown and Diamond Brown

Chris Brown confirmed that he welcomed a daughter, Lovely Brown, in January 2022 with a post commemorating his baby girl turning three months old.

Though this is the first public mention Chris has made of his new daughter, Diamond has been posting since she welcomed her little bundle of joy.

On January 8, she shared an image of the newborn to Instagram, writing, “The princess is here! Lovely Symphani Brown.

My sweet babygirl, it’s been a whole day you’ve been in the world and have already shown me the true meaning of life. I promise to love and protect you always. Forever yours, mommy..”

The singer shares Lovely with Diamond Brown. He also has two other children: 7-year-old daughter Royalty, whom he shares with Nia Guzman, and 2-year-old son Aeko Catori, whom he welcomed with Ammika Harris. 

6. Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to twins in April 2022, but only one of the babies survived.


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“It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel,” they said in a joint statement at the time.

“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”

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6 Tv characters killed in a show and were dead in real life



Tv shows and films keep us enticed and glue to our screens. In all the shows there are happy moments, love, complicated relationships and of course tear-jerking moments.

Scenes that have us looking for tissues due to tears is when your favorite actor or actress dies. Most of the time death is just a plot in the story or when an actor has taken up a

nother role so they are written off a story.

Checksome of the actorss and actresses who were killed in a Tv show or Film because they died in real life.

Fred Willard[Modern Family]

Willard died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 86 years, on May 15, 2020. This was from reports from his daughter and representative.

The Tv character’s cause of death was cardiac arrest and coronary artery disease. He also had myelodysplastic syndrome, which contributed to the cardiac arrest. His death was announced by Jamie Lee Curtis, whose husband, Christopher Guest worked with Willard.

Fred Willard, who played Frank Dunphy, died on the show from old age. His onscreen son Phil Dunphy [TY Burrell] is eulogized in the presence of his cast mates.

Helen McCrory[Peaky Blinders ]

McCrory died aged 52 from breast cancer on April 16, 2021, at her home in London. Her husband, Damian Lewis, announced her death on Twitter.

Lewis stated that Helen died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.

Her death as Aunty Polly on the Peaky Blinders is revealed in the season 6 premiere, where she is killed by the Irish republican during the attempted assassination of Oswald Mosley.


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Luke Perry[Riverdale]

A picture of Fred Andrews on his memorial on Riverdale

Reports indicate that Luke died from a stroke.

The stroke was caused by an “ischemic cerebrovascular accident,” It occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel and prevents blood and oxygen from getting to a part of the brain.

On the Tv show, Fred Andrews dies when the culprit is George’s teen son Jeffrey, who confesses the entire story to Fred’s son Archie, explaining he took his dad’s car for a nighttime joyride, despite not having a license. His father, George, took the fall for the accident to save his son. 

Carrie Fisher [ Star wars ]

Carrie Fisher [ princess Leia ] on Star Wars

Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack aboard a plane to Los Angeles. At 60 years old, she died on December 23, 2016. Her death was shocking as her mom died a few days later.z

She was playing Princess Leia in Star wars when she died. In her Star Wars death scene, Leia sensed the duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on Kef Bir.

Carrie used the Force to reach out to her son across the galaxy and call him by his birth name –Ben. This last act drained Leia [ Carrie] of her remaining energy and killed her.

Edward Herrmann[Gilmore Girls]

Edward Herrmann and his onscreen wife from Gilmore Girls Kelly Bishop

Herrmann died at 71 years, and his death was tough on his family and the Gilmore girls cast who had grown to love him. He died from brain cancer.

Corey Monteith[GLEE]

a memorial of Corey Monteith[Finn Hudson] by his cast mates

 Corey Monteith died aged 31 years. He was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada, hotel room on July 13, 2013; it was only one day to his check out. Authorities on the scene stated that the actor died from a lethal drug overdose of heroin and alcohol. He was struggling with addiction problems; he had even been t rehabilitation centers.


These amazing actors are highly missed. They portrayed their characters well and were highly talented.

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Celebrities who have opened up about their mental health battles



Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions  disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior.

Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behavior

There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health that still keeps many people from talking about their own, especially in public.

Though it’s easy to think of the world’s biggest stars as having it all, the truth is that mental illness can affect celebrities and any person in general.

As it turns out, a lifestyle of money and fame does not automatically shield one from mental illness.

Facing enormous pressure to appear perfect, public figures once kept their struggles with mental health private, but this tendency has changed dramatically in the 21st century. 

Today, actors, musicians, political figures, and even royalty have opened up about their battles with mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and grief. 

Below are celebrities who have opened up about battling depression .

1. Demi Lovato

A longtime advocate for mental health, pop star Demi Lovato has always been open about her struggles with depression and bipolar disorder as well as with substance abuse.

Since the age of 7, singer Demi Lovato has dealt with suicidal thoughts and depression.

On September 10, 2020, World Suicide Prevention Day, the pop star took to Twitter to share her history of mental illness with her fans. She assured them that “it is possible to see the light when you start the work on yourself.”

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson  popularly known as “The Rock” has opened up about his mental health issues.

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” he said in a YouTube video.

 “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it.

And oftentimes it happens you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble.

And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ So, I wish I knew that.”

3. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga established her Born This Way Foundation a nonprofit to help disenfranchised teens.

“When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she said in a 2015 Billboard interview.

I definitely look after my well-being…I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ and ‘fess up to it.'”

4. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber shocked many his fans when he took to Instagram to detail the struggles he faced after he shot to fame as a 13-year-old.

In a social media post, the singer described how he began to believe the non-stop praise he received from the public, which led him to develop a sense of entitlement.

He explained that he lacked a sense of personal responsibility for his behavior and “abused” his relationships.

“I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry,” he wrote. “It also led me to become distant to everyone who loved me… I felt like I could never turn it around.”

Bieber has described how his religious faith and the support of his loved ones helped him turn his life around. 

5. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has been open about her mental health struggles. In an interview she revealed that she officially diagnosed with both anxiety and depression and getting the right treatment has been life-changing.

“I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief,” she explained.

I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust. I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”

6. Kanye West

Rapper, producer, and fashion designer Kanye West’s mental health problems have been public for years.

West has been open about receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by periods of mania and depression.

Recently, Ye opened up about his struggles with bipolar disorder, coming to terms with his divorce from social media icon Kim Kardashian, and struggling with suicidal thoughts, in his new documentary.

Kanye explained why it’s important for him to take his meds regularly. “If you don’t take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up.

7. Taraji p .Henson

Having suffered from anxiety and depression, Golden Globe-winner Taraji P. Henson has not only been vocal about her psychological problems but also about destigmatizing mental illness in the Black community.


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Taraji P. Henson knows firsthand the importance of discussing mental health as a Black woman — especially when it comes to thoughts of suicide.

The host of Peace of Mind With Taraji revealed in December 2020 that she had grappled with suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.

In 2018, the “Empire” star started a foundation that focuses on mental health in the African American population. 

Prayer, meditation, and therapy help Henson manage her depression and anxiety. 

8. Nicki Minaj

Working hard for a dream can be utterly exhausting, and perhaps no one knows that better than Nicki Minaj.

She may be regarded as one of the best rappers alive today, but in 2011, she shared with Cosmopolitan that she became so depressed while trying to break into the industry that she had suicidal thoughts.

“It was just one dead end after another,” Nicki said of contemplating suicide. “At one point, I was, like, ‘What would happen if I just didn’t wake up?’ That’s how I felt. Like, ‘Maybe I should just take my life?’”

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