Rappers are people who create and perform a type of music known as rap.
The word “rap” stands for “rhythm and poetry” and that’s exactly what rappers do – they say rhythmic words that often rhyme.
This kind of music started in African and Latino communities in New York City in the 1970s.
Rappers often tell stories about their lives or things happening in the world through their lyrics.
They don’t simply sing their songs, they say the words in a way that flows with rhythm and this makes them special.
Most rap songs also have a beat, which is often created by DJs on turntables or electronic machines called beat boxes.
Rapping requires a lot of practice because rappers need to be able to say their words clearly and in time with the beat.
One famous skill in rapping is the ability to “freestyle”, which means making up a rap on the spot while keeping in time with the beat.
Next time you listen to a rap song, try to notice the rhythm of the words and the story the rapper is trying to tell.