Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live

from KRS-ONE – Hip Hop Vs. Rap Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Rap is the artistic expression of rhythmic speech also referred to as “Emceein.”

Hip Hop is the collective consciousness that enables one to create & practice the art of not only rap, but other artistic Hip Hop elements. There are 9 Hip Hop Elements- Breakin, Deejayin, Graffiti Art, Emceein, Street Knowledge, Beatboxin, Street Language, Street Fashion, Street Entrepreneurialism- trade & business.

Da Teacha’s point here is, know the difference “rap is an artistic activity of Hip Hop Kulture- just like any of the other 8 elements. Study rap in it’s kultural context, not just in its product format.

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