rap·​per | \ ˈra-pər How to pronounce rapper (audio) \

Definition of rapper

: one that raps or is used for rapping: such as
a : a door knocker
b : a performer of rap music

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This isn’t the first time the rapper has been called upon to quit a gig sponsored by a government with a problematic human rights track record. Washington Post, "Human rights group asks Nicki Minaj to cancel performance in Saudi Arabia," 8 July 2019 The late rapper was honored in a moving tribute at the network’s annual awards that included a performance by Marsha Ambrosius, YG, John Legend and DJ Khaled. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Nipsey Hussle Was Shot After He and Alleged Shooter Accused Each Other of Snitching: DA," 27 June 2019 McCoy, a 21-year-old rapper, was found unresponsive with a gun in his lap at a Taco Bell drive-through in Vallejo on Feb. 9. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Echoing ‘Oakland Riders’ suits, lawsuit calls for federal monitor of Vallejo police," 27 June 2019 The rapper has been indicated by a grand jury on 14 counts, including two felonies, stemming from a brawl at a New York City strip club in August 2018, TMZ reported Friday. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Cardi B’s legal peril grows: Rapper indicted on two felonies in connection with strip club brawl," 21 June 2019 For a rapper to appear on a TV show and accept prefabricated verses would be tantamount to a rhetorically gifted politician inviting his speechwriters onstage at a convention. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How “Songland” Tries and Fails to Honor the Songwriter," 11 June 2019 The rapper is set to make her film debut in Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez and gave fans their first look at her character on Instagram Saturday. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "Cardi B Gives A Sneak Peek At Her Hustlers Character Diamond," 10 June 2019 Kweli, a rapper known for eight solo albums as well as collaborations with Mos Def, Kanye West and Hi-Tek, headlines a 70-act lineup announced today by organizers. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Talib Kweli leads roster of acts announced for 2019 Chreece hip-hop festival," 10 June 2019 The rapper is also nominated for best hip-hop male artist at the awards show. Mesfin Fekadu, USA TODAY, "What to expect at the BET Awards: A tribute to Nipsey Hussle, plus Cardi B, Lil Nas perform," 17 May 2019

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rapper

: a person who performs rap music or speaks the words of a rap song


rap·​per | \ ˈra-pər How to pronounce rapper (audio) \

Kids Definition of rapper

: a person who performs rap music

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