Now, just as avid an art collector, Jay Z spoke about the meeting of cultural worlds (and rapped about them) in “Picasso Baby”.
The one good thing Christie delivered was the section on bipartisanship, where he sort of rapped the knuckles of his own party.
As more rappers caught onto the trend, and rapped about it, the dance shifted to the mainstream.
Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur—they all rapped about Glock, as have countless imitators.
And he jumped down from the coach and rapped sharply upon the door.
Dozier rapped at the door, and the old man himself appeared.
He rapped out an oath or two, which BOB noticed with faint politeness, and ordered his visitor to enter.
It was wide open, and she rapped on it loudly, and then turned her back.
He ran across the common to Mr. Roscoe's house and rapped on the door.
There came no sound from within the room, so she rapped louder.
c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., "strike, smite, knock," from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone's) knuckles "give light punishment" is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
"talk informally, chat," 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning "say, utter" (1879), originally "to utter a sudden oath" (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning "to perform rap music" is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)
[origin unknown; perhaps related to repartee, perhaps to rapport, perhaps to rapid]