The First Annual XXL Mag Dot Com Hip-Hop’s Sub Genre Awards…

I haven’t complained too tough about the awards given out by VH-1 for their Hip-Hop Honors program because I think that Hip-Hop deserves all the kudos that it can get. From whoever wants to give it. Now with that being said I did raise my eyebrow slightly when I saw that New Jack Swing was being hailed for a Hip-Hop Honor award. Where exactly does New Jack Swing fall in the history of Hip-Hop music? I guess I will have to wait for Jeff Chang to tell me the story. The funny thing to my mind is that Teddy Riley’s most popular song, ‘Rump Shaker’, wasn’t even produced by T.R. It was actually produced by Virginia Beach’s greatest producer(s) – The Neptunes.

So as I recall it, New Jack Swing was essentially R & B music that featured some verses from a rapper in order to make it marketable on radio formats. Not so much Hip-Hop in as much as one of the many things that has exploited Hip-Hop for profit. Something like that Fruity Pebbles commercial where barney Rubble spits that sick sixteen. For arguments sake, and frankly, I only write here at XXL Mag Dot Com to argue with you folks (cue; Dr.Flav, TPAR, content, LOL) let’s call New Jack Swing a sub-genre of Hip-Hop. With that established here is another list of sub-genres of Hip-Hop that are certainly memorable, if not honorable…

Shout Rap – Remember Naughty By Nature, Leaders Of The New School, Onyx? Remember those rap groups that accentuated the ends of their verses by shouting the last word in unison? Shout rap was anthemic and energetic, plus it gave us that dance that everyone did when they spit their own rhymes. You know that dance that Treach did where he extended one arm and raised one leg? Shout rap was the shit.

Fast Rap – Fast rap was short lived as a sub-genre, but Twista still carries along the tradition of using more than two million words in each of his songs. I hope that dude gets paid by the word and not by the song because otherwise he needs to slow that shit up. Also, I was a big fan of Das EFX and anything I can do to get them fools some more work is what is up with me.

House Music Rap – If you are older than thirty five or from the Chi then you know your ass was listening to house music. Where do you think all the African medallions migrated to with the dissolution of the OG X-Clan? House music rap was prah’lee the precursor to all the teh gheyness that populates rap music now. House music was only listenable if you were high on narcotics. I would never advise ANY of you to take narcotics. Drugs are bad kids, mmm’kay?! [using Mr. Mackie voice].

Harmony Rap – I admit to buying the D.R.S. ‘Gangsta Lean’ album. Them niggas was sick with their harmonizing spit. Okay, I was prah’lee high during this point in my life also. Dismiss this category.

Crunk Rap – Weedcarriers and hypemen unite! True story is that Conan O’Brien trademarked the word Crunk as an expletive that the censors wouldn’t be able to stop. Little did he know that he simultaneously birthed a sub-genre of Rap that would be nearly unstoppable. That was until everyone realized that Lil’ Jon was actually a hypeman and not even rapper himself. Yeeeeeeah!

Foreign Language Rap – This is America! Learn English!

Nursery Rhyme Rap – If rap music is ever going to be used as a tool to teach children important social aspects who better to be the teachers of infants than those with minimal reading abilities themselves?

Whore Rap – With everyone blaming AIDS rampant rise in the Black community on clandestinely homosexual Black males it has allowed whore rap and it’s followers to exist under the radar. How fucked up is the music industry if you have to keep whoring after you have secured a record deal?

Listenable White Rap – This sub-genre kind of begins and ends with Eminem.

There are thousands of millions more sub-genres in Hip-Hop and I think we should take a moment to big them all up, or maybe not.

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    Good shit.

  • http://myhiphop.blogspot.com KROME KID

    hahaha
    nice entry

  • LOL

    billy has no black friends.

  • Rich Arte

    yeah cuz i was goin say you left out a few…but who cares anyway (anyhoo if you’re BXS or ToiltetBol-sounds like a grandmother “anyhoo”) but Eminem gets his own genre?!?
    -Hood Rap – what seems to be the only genre artists nowadays fall into.
    -Booty Rap – if you’ve never heard “it’s time for the Perculator….it’s time for the perculator..” then see “Tip Drill” or “come on baby, kick them daisies…look at them gurlz wit the dazzey dukes on…I want you to…”
    -Fruity Rap – laffy taffies, jolly ranchers, tootsie rolls, candyland on wax. (but if it makes you feel bad you can get your chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side, but make sure your lip gloss is poppin.)
    -Legendary Rap – those who have been around so long, said it all, but say it again in a different way makin it sound new again.
    -Motivational Rap – rappers that inspire you to do something positive.
    -Materialistic Rap – rappers that only talk about what possessions they have.

    BXS, I told Bol about that xxlblocktalk.com and he acted like he didn’t get the memo…laugh at him. That site shouldn’t even be posted right now because it has issues like your mag. I went to the site feedback to leave a comment for the administrator…and the damn page doesn’t even exist. If you haven’t been there yet, don’t go. I guess maybe when they’re really ready to launch it they’ll make you write about it or somethin..
    -promotional rap – Jay Z’s “Show me what you got” for Budweiser, they played cuts from the Graduation on the Monday Night Bengals game, “let’s celebrate with another cup of patron”

  • redd

    your welcome for the ideA

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    That’s outrageous. Get off Billy’s nuts LOL, it’s getting a lil’ closet homosexual-ish.

  • Tyler

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  • http://www.writersblockmedia.net R.E.

    LOL @ “You know that dance that Treach did where he extended one arm and raised one leg?”

    Classic ish big homie.

  • the one

    How bout concious rap you dumb motherfucker?

  • Boner Jams 03

    What about “music so horrible that it’s funny rap”?? with the tracks that u call ya boys up and be like “nigga….did u hear what that nigga gucci mane said on his new track??!??” that’s the most entertaining shit about rap to me these days…me and my niggas have contests to see who discovers the wackest shit….

    the lifetime achievement award for this category should go to mr. collipark…no one person has ever been responsible for more wack shit than this dude….

    and the wackest bar ever goes to master p for this gem:

    “i’ll rattle your muthafuckin head like an ostrich/nigga you want some sausage?”

    Don’t believe me? google “master p ostrich sausage” and see what comes up….i dare u…

  • ddubbzz

    You call those genres of rap? Eh man….damn..you have to get back to getting high Billy…it sounds like you just mad this shit up as you typed…no substance at all here…peace

  • Chocolate rAIN

    flower rap? PM Dawn, De La Soul

  • kritiq

    what a useless post, my gosh what the fuck is this?

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    OK Billy, what about “New York Arrogant Rap” that was being Championed in the 80′s and 90′s by the likes of Rakim,Big Daddy Kane, Nasir Jones,MC Hawaiian Sophie Fame and Biggie? You do know that during that period of time ONLY people in New York thought that these MC’s were resoundingly semi-Majestic with their vernacular? People outside of the East Coast still think it must be something in the Water around New York that makes legions of Stans act like these funny sounding dudes are the Second Coming Of The Greek Gods. Nullus at you Billy for calling Tung Twisting “Fast Rap”, it actually involves a killer cadence,rhythim, rhyme scheme and such to make it authenticlly Tung Twisting when you Flow, that’s why Rappers like Busta Crimes sound so out of place trying to take a MidWest style and use it as a advantage. Besides that I agree New Jack Swing doesn’t invoke moments of fond Hip-Hop History, but, it gives you the impression that some Closeted “Suspect” dude is going to come on “The Box”(yall remember that station?) and sing in a mock Aaron Hall-like voice about his infatuation with women’s Vaginas and cleavage while looking like he works for a Male Escort Service for Males!

  • boner jams 03

    chicago…..
    if u never saw the talent and artistry in a rakim, nas, or b.i.g. verse…then u are just fuckin stupid….

    or a cracker…or a nigga that think he a cracker(c)outkast

  • May

    What about “music so horrible that it’s funny rap”?? with the tracks that u call ya boys up and be like “nigga….did u hear what that nigga gucci mane said on his new track??!??” that’s the most entertaining shit about rap to me these days…me and my niggas have contests to see who discovers the wackest shit….

    ^^^^^Cam’ron! he falls into the “music so horrible it’s funny” rap! LOL! Who else can get away with saying sh*t like,

    “i collect the chicken, call me Perdue”

    That line cracks me up every time!

  • og bobby j

    what about
    butterfly cali rap – everything the game is on
    or
    over produced to make up for no lyrical ability rap- see Kanye West

  • RLW

    Beastie Boys and MC Serch. They didn’t like each other but we like them.

  • Fire

    Billy,
    The list has some good categories, but I think you should have put in conscious rap if you’re going by the bullshit labels people use. Also, in today’s music climate, what about the category of “ignorant soulless rap”? You could put a lot of people in that category.

    Oh, and homothug LOL gets no respect.

  • boner jams o3

    May,
    i cosign that…me and my niggas stay clowning dipset….

    some of my personal favorites are:
    “u a popper-scooper, i smell the dog food in u…the eukanuba..” -Juelz
    or
    “i’m bout my bread/i’m like a loaf” – Juelz again

    trash rap

  • Ryan

    Ha, but listenable white rap extends far beyond Eminem (who hasn’t been listenable for years now). Vinny Paz, Apathy, Non Phixion, and Cage are a few of the dope ass white rappers. For some reason I want to do the Treach dance now…….

  • http://www.xxlblocktalk.com EReal

    Ryan Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:58 pm
    Ha, but listenable white rap extends far beyond Eminem (who hasn’t been listenable for years now). Vinny Paz, Apathy, Non Phixion, and Cage are a few of the dope ass white rappers. For some reason I want to do the Treach dance now…….
    ^^^^
    Co-Sign, Mad Child from Swollen, Ill Bill, Peanut Butter Wolf, to name a few.

  • thoreauly77

    emo-rap: generally this category gets the boze, but occassionally slug spits some real shit, cage is pretty sick, and remember that one guy eminem? hey, all thses guys are white! that must make all white people pussies!

    nuyorican rap- this category emerged from the nuyorican poetry cafe, and was personified by the anti-pop consortium, now split into a free emcee named beans, and airborn audio which has high priest and m saayid. strangely incognito is their once great producer, earl blaze.

    esoteric rap- anyone ever heard of anti-con? also known as atonal-dissonance rap. also known as “shove a goddamn nail in my ear because that would feel better than listening to this” rap.

  • grapes

    EREAL is real talk, thoreauly77 has to add that horrorcore shit of whatever the fuck to that emolist. billy sunday was just naming some fucking other genres that don’t get mentioned often, why everyone hating just because he didnt put conscious rap like shit chill. also that dancing shit like soulja boy but i guess thats nursery rhymes too right. garbage…

  • Cuban Link

    Listenable White Rap – This sub-genre kind of begins and ends with Eminem

    ^Lmao, but Billy thats not true, Jedi Mind Tricks are dope, El-P is great, Kotton Mouth Kings are pretty good, and Apathy is pretty decent too.Eminem is obviously way better, but w/e theres other great white rap, especially JMT

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    I didn’t say that Rakim,Biggie, Jay-Z and Nasir wasn’t Good MC’s, but, I stated that the way that New Yorkers give these kids admiration and acclaim is kinda semi-neurotic. With the way you guys refer to certain MC’s as the “god” this or the “god” that is kinda weird in a Twilight Zone-like way in anybody’s opinion outside of the surrounding East Coast area. I actually am quite enamored with the aforementioned artist music and their way of displaying their lyrical dexeterity, I just can’t see how in anybody’s mind could you idolize these people to the extent that most New Yorkers do? You guys act like there isn’t anybody outside the region in which you reside that can spit as “ill” as per say a Nas or as manifold concise with the poetry as Rakim, when it’s not so. Also I am of Bi-Racial descedant so I resent your comment,”son”.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Oh yeah, I forgot to include MySpace Rap.

  • KLETEWOOD

    Listenable White Rap>>>>add Haystack’s “Car full of white boys”

    Shout Rap>>>>Lil John should be under this category.

    Can’t rap>>>>Birdman, D-Shot from the Click.

    Stoner Rap>>>Cypress Hill “Hits from the bong”, Luniz “I got five on it”.

    Cocaine Rap>>>Dre Dog “Cocaine Raps Volume 2, Rick Ross “White on White”

    Whip’s & Rim’s Rap>>> Every rapper but…Eminem

  • Dr Flav

    You bout right about that Billy, the “debates” keep me checkin to see “what the hell dude put up today?” You got me. Lol. Redhead Kingpin, Kool Moe D, Heavy D and Big Daddy Kane have all made classic tracks with New Jack Swing. Now pass me your hip hop player card.

  • Suckapunk

    My sources tell me that Riley did actually produce Rumpshaker, but that Pharell wrote Teddy’s verse. Thus T.R. is responsible for 2 of the greatest songs of all time; Rumpshaker and No Diggity, and really I can’t front on that. However Virginia Beach’s greatest producer has always been and always will be Timbo, I don’t even care that he doesnt fuck with rap anymore.

  • RBMC

    Lables lables lables. Come on man its all Hip Hop music.White rap does not begin and end with rapper elvis, what about YBT, Search and Pete Nice Hello Beastie Boys…As For Hip House you sound retarded. House music is cool some hip house was wack. You know you had some Z Cavaricci’s Pants from Tello’s, DJ’s or Merry Go Round! Stop playing These lables are bullshit. sub genre my ass. As for |New Jack Swing Teddy Riley’s music encompassed both rand b and hip hop(BDK,RHK…)..ah by the way the Neptunes came up under the T.R. umbrella. He schooled them. RUNDMC the Kings of “Shout Rap”. This post is not helping build nor restore Hip Hop. In the words of Daddy O from Stesasonic..” It aint nothin but hip hop music, Stop the madness and stop the phenom called HIP POP. What about the step and fetch genre aka Banboozled Rap.( Chicken noodle soup, laffy taffy,….)

  • http://www.xxlblocktalk.com/EReal EReal

    Cuban Link Says:

    October 3rd, 2007 at 4:18 pm
    Listenable White Rap – This sub-genre kind of begins and ends with Eminem

    ^Lmao, but Billy thats not true, Jedi Mind Tricks are dope, El-P is great, Kotton Mouth Kings are pretty good, and Apathy is pretty decent too.Eminem is obviously way better, but w/e theres other great white rap, especially JMT
    ^^
    Yezzir.

    @Billy X. Sunday
    What about RapSpace rap? lmao!

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Bone Thugs should’ve been the first ones under harmony rap, those dudes were ill in the 90′s…

    And yeah, House is fucking huge in Chicago amongst the older heads (approx. ages 30 and up).

    But what about juke mixes?

    “Bang bang bang, skeet skeet skeet!”

  • BossGame

    Is Jimmy Carter (83 y/o) Hardbody or what Billy?

  • Tha Ace

    add non phixion to listenable white rap

  • NickyJ

    Good post, but I gotta go with Lowendofdachi on this one, Bone held it down with the harmony rap EARLY.
    Thuggish Ruggish Bone, For Da Love of $, **THE ENTIRE EAST 1999 ALBUM**
    seriously, there was a point in the 90s where all anyone listened to was Bad Boy, Death Row, and then Bone. That’s some real shit right there this blog was tight.