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."

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    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:
    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."

    Article Link: Apple Music Renames Hip-Hop Playlist to 'Rap Life'
     
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    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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    Where's our "Metal Promotes Positive Thinking and Balance" playlist?
     
  5. MrGuder macrumors 68030

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    Wait...isn’t this going to offend someone? This will be in all the news media lol
     
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    As a hip hop fan I can’t decide whether this is a good rebrand and representation of the genre or just wanky pretentiousness. I’m torn.
     
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    Rap sells, so it makes sense for Apple to focus on that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  9. Bawstun macrumors 68000

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    Hip hop isn’t rap though. That makes no sense and is actually pretty racist.
     
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    Question: What color do you have to be to perform/record rap music or listen to it?

    Thanks.
     
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    Any color & any color. One of the best-selling rap artists of the last few decades was white, that would be Eminem.

    The point stands, hip hop and rap are two separate genres, as evidenced by Billboard having different hit charts for both genres with different artists topping both charts.

    Renaming “hip hop” to “rap life” is racist whether anybody likes it or not. They’re not the same.
     
  13. infiniteentropy macrumors regular

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    They've been renaming all their "A-List" playlists over the past few months. About a month ago, for example "The A-List: Rock" became "The New Rock," "The A-List: Metal" became "Optimus Metallum," "The A-List: Singer/Songwriter" became "Today's Acoustic" and more.

    Were all the other name changes written about on MacRumors? Legit just asking. I enjoy all different genres, including rap.
     
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    That’s apples to oranges though. Those renames kept the genres the same and didn’t assume they were interchangeable.

    Rock still focuses on rock. The metal change still contains the word metal etc.

    Whoever thought up this change is clearly ignorant about music and groups “hip hop” in with “rap” as if hip hop is just another way to say black rap music. They’re not the same genre, not even close.
     
  16. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

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    Huge breaking news.
    I might rename one of my own Apple Music playlists to celebrate.
     
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    I agree with your assessment that the name change is sloppy and potentially furthers misinformed interchanging of the two genres. However, it's not just limited to Hip Hop => Rap. I see the same with Singer/Songwriter => Acoustic whatever. Singer/Songwriter _doesn't_ have to be acoustic stuff at all. So with the renaming of these playlists, they are actually pigeonholing a lot of stuff in a sort of backwards stepping manner.
     
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    "A sophisticated gentleman such as myself only listens to artisanally crafted grindcore."
     
  19. Kabeyun macrumors 68020

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    Ignoring white rappers? Does that make you racist?

    Or maybe people should release their hair trigger outrage and relax. Apple, a company with a conspicuous record of not being prejudiced, is just trying to sell music.
     
  20. Böhme417 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it's true. And, I do find it difficult to discover new (other) music on Apple Music. Spotify was much, much better at this. Or rather, it was just much betting at suggesting new music that I would like.
     
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    saying it’s racist when it doesn’t have a anything to do with race is actually a bit racist
     
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    I like Apple, but wait a minute. The neighbourhood supports, so put some money in it.
     
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    I agree that they are not the same... but that makes the renaming inaccurate, not racist. How is it racist to conflate hip hop and rap?
     
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    Revolutionary! The world may never be the same
     
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    good grief...
     

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