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Spotify‘s annual Wrapped campaign has begun, and as music streamers share the top artists they listened to not only this year but for the decade, it’s one particular part of the campaign that has divided users of the music streaming service.
There are several parts of the Wrapped campaign that display a listener’s top artists, top songs, and top genre, as well as the amount of minutes one has spent listening to music on Spotify. Along with people sharing similar top artists and songs, they share similar top genres, including one titled “pop rap.” It’s this labeling that has led to people on social media debating what pop rap is.
HipHop cultural expression knowm as Rap can be popular music. https://t.co/mK28aTPacd
— Kojo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 5, 2019
Pop Rap? Wtf is that…. Lol. pic.twitter.com/p7jCkFtHEy
— Need Beats? peep the bio (@TheBeatMasons) December 5, 2019
Everyone on r/hiphopheads when "pop rap" came up as their top genre pic.twitter.com/PHMwlwSB0P
— SMOKEhaan (@letapnaahraf) December 5, 2019
Some people seem to be taking offense to the labeling, while others have acknowledged that pop is short for “popular” and rap music is a popular music genre.
#poprap is Popular Rap. POP is short for Popular. 💚 It's ok.
— 🎤Karaoke Mama🎤 (@godessofkaraoke) December 5, 2019
It’s worth noting though that Spotify did include a genre labeled “rap,” further adding to the debate of how people view pop rap.
Also, as a hip hop connoisseur/purist, I am extremely happy my taste was not categorized as #PopRap.. Thank you Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, ATCQ, and OutKast for saving me 🙏🏽#spotifywrapped https://t.co/CMJlRK27J2
— J. Rosales (@Jeff_Rosales_) December 5, 2019
It’s too late to try and switch your pop rap label for a solely rap one, but you can try and get a head start for the new year. Jay-Z recently put his entire discography — including The Blueprint, American Gangster and 4:44— back on Spotify. Before that, you could only listen to Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1and Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life and other Jay side projects on the platform.