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Rap opera

Music genre
NameRap opera
Stylistic originsHip hop music, opera, concept albums, contemporary R&B, spoken word, musical theatre, rock opera (conceptual origins)
Cultural originsEarly 1970s, South Bronx, New York City
Typical instrumentsTurntable, vocals, drum machine, sampler, synthesizer, beatboxing, bass guitar
Mainstream popularitySome hip hop artists have produced concept albums
Other topicsBreakdance � Graffiti � Fashion � Subgenres � Notable albums

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A rap opera or hip hopera is a series of hip hop songs in the form of an opera, inspired by the concept of rock opera.

Like its predecessor, rap opera tells a story through consecutive pieces of music involving the same character or characters. Rap opera may be a purely auditory experience, or it may be associated with a musical, comic book, or other art form. It is a relatively young, spontaneous form, performed more by amateurs and non-profit groups than by professional emcees.

When R&B singer R. Kelly was asked on IFC how he defined his "Trapped in the Closet" series, Kelly stated that he described it as a hip hopera or musical opera, but that it's now too long to be called a song. In 2001, MTV debuted a telefilm titled Carmen: A Hip Hopera, directed by Robert Townsend and starring Beyoncé Knowles and Mekhi Phifer. Volume 10 also released an album called Hip-Hopera in 1994. The former is contemporary R&B, not hip hop music.

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A UK Hip-hop video with sword fights an opera singer and Mike Skinner in a wig!
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Busi Mhlongo, from Inanda KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, draws on various South African styles such as mbaqanga, maskanda, marabi and traditional Zulu, fused with contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music she produces a fresh and exciting sound. She is considered to be the Queen of Maskanda, usually a male dominated style of music. for more info
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THERE EXISTS A NEWER VERSION THAT IS A LOT DOPER THAN THIS ONE Another old beat. Kind of like this one too, even though this beat doesn't represent my current level of skill. DOWNLOAD MP3:
3.78 min. | 4.88 user rating
An awesome fusion of rap and opera that brings out one of the meanings of Gurren Lagann. I owe a lot of thanks for all of the pictures I have been using in my videos.
4.82 min. | 4.97 user rating
Back At the Barnyard pig and the crazy lady sing opera and rap
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French rap is the best!
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Funny video made by the Classical Brother on the Toreador aria from the opera Carmen by Bizet. These french... they claim to be funny! Well?
3.70 min. | 3.54 user rating
People Say i have a very Uniqke Voice it Meets Broadway. R&B Rap. Death Metal and Opera and Punk rolled into one see what you think i sang this at NZ Idol but Judges where Speechles but said NO
1.10 min. | 2.34 user rating
Triple M Film Work Presents The Stars and Scars Alive & Dolo with Kool G Rap. For all Fans Worldwide. KGR Top 5 Rapperss of all time.
4.32 min. | 4.84 user rating

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Detroit Free Press--Sure, he's a nice suburban Jewish kid who once costarred on the long-running Canadian teen soap -opera-, "Degrassi: The Next Generation. ... - Date : Thu, 14 Oct 2010 07:15:41 GMT+00:00
German Metro Station Turned Into a Shipping Container Opera! - Inhabitat Tweet this news
Inhabitat--German architects from raumlaborberlin have transformed the gritty metro stop, which is known for violence and vandalism, into an awesome open air -opera- ... - Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:21:48 GMT+00:00

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