Battle rap is a form of rap that focuses on defaming (dissing) a fictional or real opponent and portraying oneself in an exaggeratedly positive light (boasting, bragging).
The battle rapper tries to attack the opponent with insults in the form of rhymes that are as imaginative and technically sophisticated as possible. The diss attacks often refer to the alleged or actual lack of rap skills of the opponent, his integrity and credibility within the scene (realness, credibility) and often have sexual connotations. Violence metaphors and – often ironic – self-aggrandizement (bragging) – often related to one’s own sexual potency and demonstrative consumption – are also typical elements of the style.
A distinction must be made between battle tracks, in which the artist lashes out against the rest of the scene, disstracks, which are directed at one or more specific rappers and usually have a personal feud (“beef”) as a background, and organized battles. The latter take place live in front of an audience or, since the last ten years, over the Internet, and there is usually a winner determined by the crowd or a jury. An essential part of live battles are raps, which are performed as “freestyle” or a cappella. In freestyle, the opponent usually answers after four or eight lines of the opponent and tries to react to his punchlines (punchlines that hit the opponent) and counter them.
Battle rap is closely connected to the basic idea of hip-hop culture, which is determined by the agonal principle of competition. In the battle, symbolic capital and standing of the protagonists within the scene is negotiated in a non-violent manner. Battle rap is one of the original forms of rap music.
Similar to boxing, there are also rules in battle rap: For example, racist remarks against the opponent or invective against his close relatives are usually not permitted. Playing over the rail” to get around these restrictions is also not welcome. Depending on the seriousness of the battle and the attitude of the rappers, dissing relatives – especially the mother – has increasingly ceased to be taboo in the battle scene since the mid-2000s, especially in organized battles.
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