The Unkut Guide To Rap Genres, V2.0

Not surprisingly, between having my not exactly stellar memory jogged by everyone’s suggestions in the comments and taking a quick glance through my own archives, I have some important additions to the original line-up.

Blog Rap

Your YouTube freestyle has 50,000 views, but nobody in the real world knows who you are? You’re a Blog Rapper.

TV Guide Rap

Everyone from Bud Bundy to Parker Lewis to David Silver from 90210 has thrown their Cross Colors hat in to the ring over the years. A perfect example of when ‘doing you’ goes horribly wrong.

Kid Rap

From Chi-Ali, Illegal and Kriss Kross to A+, 2-Low and Le Juan Love, it’s clear that life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough. First discussed in a two part article back in February. Part One / Part Two

Cowboy Rap

Anything that involves either getting dressed-up in spurs and cowboy hats for your video or just rapping about the Wild West. Not sure how I over-looked Crucial Conflict and the Horse Shoe Gang originally. Or this.

Frat Rap

As covered by Asher Roth himself, with his essential two part guide: Part One / Part Two.

STD Rap

What’s the matter, you burning?

Grandma Rap

Music that you can enjoy with your eldest relatives, without any fear of offending. Common, Black-Eyed Peas and Arrested Development – please stand-up.

Geek Rap

Hyper-active, complicated rhymes delivered in shrill, whiny voices, such as The Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief and Lords of the Underground.

Punk-Smoove Shit Rap

Anything involving Fab, Drake or Nelly and singing.

Paranoid Rap

If you have ever made reference to Beyond A Pale Horse in a rhyme, you qualify. Take a bow La Coka Nostra, Non-Phixion, Immortal Technique, dead prez, Prodigy and The Goats.

Cry Baby Rap

Anything recorded by disgruntled former Jay-Z affiliates.

Fat Rap

The combination of rap, deep-fried food, cable TV and a lack of exercise seems to be a long-standing trend, as demonstrated by The Fat Boys, Heavy D, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Chubb Rock, Rick Ross, Biggie and Fred The Godson.

Skeezer Rap

When your ass gets more attention than your rapping. Hoez With Attitude, Trina, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Nikki Minaj

Wrestlemania Rap

For those who spend over 90% of their time beefing with other rappers. I’m looking at you Tim Dog and 50 Cent.

Kung Fu Rap

First brought to popular attention by the Fu-Schnickens, but the mighty Wu-Tang Clan managed to do it without being corny.

Corporate Board Room Rap

Two words: The Firm.

Bing Monster Rap

Anything recorded while in jail or work release. Extra points for recording over the phone. See Raided-X, Prodigy, Capone, Shyne and Slick Rick.

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  1. YO ROBBIE I FOLLOW U ON DIS ONE, ITS A GOOD N FUNNY ANALYSIS OF WHUT DA GAME IS INDEED…

  2. how is the “rapping duke” categorized?

    what about out of left field rap?( so different and weird but stick knocks)

    Da Hah Da Hah Da Hah Hah Hah Hah Hah…..

  3. oh wait! you have missed one of the most important Genres of all time!!! It just might be the BEST Genre of all time too!

    SMOKE, DRINK, FUCK RAP!

    Beatnuts, the Liks, and Ol Dirty Bastard are true representatives of everyones favourite past times.

  4. YOU FORGOT GIB RAP!! THAT IS CRUCIAL.

    CHECK OUT DONNIE DUMPHY ON YOUTUBE,
    VIDEO: HAVIN A TIME.

  5. Cowboy Rap – Cowboy (Furious 5)?

    Geek Rap – Anticon?

    Wrestlemania Rap – John Cena?

  6. Paranoid Rap – William Cooper? Dude actually named himself after author of Behold a Pale Horse.

  7. wack rap: u-god, masta killa, mims, memphis bleek, the whole south, the hot boys, craig mack

  8. Weed carrier rap. Junior Mafia, YoungMoney, Spliff Starr, Phife Dogg, Outlawz, Money B,

  9. Ohhh shit you all ready got that category. Well then I suggest Actor Rap. Rappers turned actors still rapping a la 2pac, Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Ice Cube, etc!

  10. rat pack rap–songs that sample sammy davis, sinatra or dean martin

    oops there’s another rubber tree….

  11. 3 tenors rap- songs that used opera type singing/vocals..

    Apocalypse-Wyclef

    Bounty Killer and the Fugees did one of these type records too

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    Roots rap and reggae- hip hop meets dancehall

    hard hard hard-core reggae……….

  12. lol @ Santos putting Phife and Money B in Weed Carriers category.. fuckin fool

  13. cowboy rap – sadat x on wild cowboys, that was like the first time i ever heard cowboy rap in my life

    wrestlemania rap – odb since he did that track for mankind, but i guess that doesn’t really count since for all intents and purposes you mean rappers who beef with everyone, you could probably add eminem to that, although eminem likes to beef with fems, moby, heart attackalack whitey ford and dilated peoples

  14. How about a whole genre devoted to rappers who place Lil or Young in front of their names.

  15. this one should qualify…
    Gladiator Rap: stuff like Jedi Mind Tricks (post-Psycho-Social…) and beats with pompous trumpet sounds

  16. other country rap – early 1990s US rap that still gets booked on tours in other countries

  17. I think Anticon (and Aesop Rock/El-P/&c) should really be filed under “Post-Grad Rap”