Apple Music Renames Hip-Hop Playlist to 'Rap Life'

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Apple Music has renamed its "The A-List: Hip-Hop" playlist to "Rap Life."


Ebro Darden, global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B at ‌Apple Music‌, will host a companion "Rap Life" segment during his daily Beats 1 show and there will also be a weekly show called "Rap Life" which will feature music from the playlist and cultural discussions around hip-hop, according to Billboard.

The playlist's description:

Rap isn't just a genre. There's a reason it's sometimes simply called The Culture: It's a way of life. And this playlist—formerly known as The A-List: Hip-Hop—is where rap lives, breathes, and moves. Topped today by J.Cole and the Dreamville crew's "Under the Sun," off their Revenge of the Dreamers III album, Rap Life is home to hip-hop's heavy hitters and vanguard—the stars and the songs that speak to the moment and define the culture today. Check back early and often, as our editors update this playlist regularly. If you hear something you like, add it to your library.

‌Apple Music‌ has been a leading streaming platform for hip-hop since it launched in 2015, reportedly topping Spotify in engagement for major releases such as Drake's recent projects "Scorpion" and "More Life."

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16 months ago
Oh lord. Here come the comments about how Apple features too much rap as if it’s hard to find other music on there.
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16 months ago

Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.

saying it’s racist when it doesn’t have a anything to do with race is actually a bit racist
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16 months ago

Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.

Question: What color do you have to be to perform/record rap music or listen to it?

Thanks.
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16 months ago

Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.

That’s it. I’m officially coming out and declaring I no longer understand what ‘racist’ even means anymore.
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16 months ago

Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.

good grief...
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16 months ago

Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.

Sweet Jeebus. We are all dumber having read that. :oops:
This is the very type of claim of racism that devalues real issues of race. Using hip-hop and rap interchangeably has nothing to do with racism. It may be an indication of a lack of genre awareness, but it ain't racism.
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