Wrapping yourself in “serious” art is like rapping behind a Rothko.
Anas Mohamed had just hung up the phone when he heard a rapping at the door.
Six hours of rapping ‘Picasso Baby’ in a New York City art gallery.
He goes old school in this video, rapping in front of a huge boom box.
Throughout my rapping career I always cooked for myself and anyone I worked with.
Aug. 3rd, all the night very strange knocking and rapping in my chamber.
It was this moment that Letitia chose for rapping at the door.
He made it ring by rapping on it with his fingers, then he contemplated the two S's painted on the lid.
The rapping was repeated; this time with a much greater insistence.
“Bring him out—bring him out,” roared the crowd, brandishing assegais and rapping their shields, in an indescribable clamour.
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]