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

Examples of rapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The song, featuring beats by DJ Red-I (aka Brittany Benton) and verses by Mellow, came after Benton emailed a few bits of music to the rapper for consideration. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Listen local: 12 recent releases by Cleveland bands and musicians," 30 June 2020 The incident happened during the early weeks of the coronavirus shutdown, and the rapper was self-quarantining under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order, a police spokesman said. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Eminem home invasion suspect turns down competency evaluation," 29 June 2020 The rapper closed out her performance after jumping on a silver-spike vehicle. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Christian Science Monitor, "Tributes and politics: How artists used 2020 BET Awards platform," 29 June 2020 But in this climate if there is anyone who can save a fashion conglomerate, the controversial rapper and designer might be your answer. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kanye West And Gap Announce 10-Year Partnership," 26 June 2020 The rapper and designer is teaming with Gap Inc. on a new line of apparel for men, women and kids called Yeezy Gap. Time, "'Yeezy Gap.' Kanye West Signs Multiyear Deal to Sell Apparel Line at Gap," 26 June 2020 Fans and peers alike shared their sorrow over the rapper’s death on social media. Dessi Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ rapper Huey fatally shot in his Missouri hometown," 26 June 2020 After days of teasing that more music was on the way, the Houston rapper finally dropped a lyric video for a brand new song late last night. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Megan Thee Stallion’s “Girl In The Hood” Just Saved Summer," 26 June 2020 The Canadian rapper and singer got nods for video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "BET Awards: Beyonce to receive Humanitarian Award, Lil Wayne to honor Kobe Bryant," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of rapper

1640, in the meaning defined above

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“Rapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapper. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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: a person who performs rap music

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