Which Rap Song Is the Theme Song of Your Life?

By: Olivia Cantor
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
Which Rap Song Is the Theme Song of Your Life?
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About This Quiz

Rap has a curious historical niche in the world of pop music. It has roots in the same places where many African-American styles of music came about. The difference with this one is that it was further developed in urban settings, with roots in jazz, soul and rock and roll.

Rap or rapping consists mainly of "reciting" the words of the song to the beat of a repetitive rhythmic pattern. It's akin to spoken word poetry, but set to specific musical beats. Heavy sampling of other songs is common, and this style emerged since many of the forerunners of the genre were into the DJ culture and the emceeing culture as well, that's why some rappers have "MC" in their names. This evolution began during the 1970s, and it has progressed through the years.

Nowadays, we interchange rap with hip-hop, but there are some differences. Some people might feel that rap songs speak to them more, while some have hip-hop songs reflect their sensibilities more. Which of the two are you? Would you like to know the song that sounds like your life's theme? Take this quiz and find out!

Do you feel like an underdog in society?
I'm a member of a group of people that suffers the impacts of institutional oppression, so yes.
Nah, life's too short to feel that way.
Underdog ain't in my vocab!
Well, they make me feel that sometimes.

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Are you more of a liquor drinker or a beer drinker?
Beer's fine.
Liquor here! Always!
Sorry, I prefer cocktails.
I'm broke. I'll be drinking water.

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When it comes to romance, do you have "non-negotiables" in life?
No time for that. I got bigger things to worry about.
Just some rubbers, and I'm good to go!
Always! Never leave home without 'em!
I think I'll steer clear of romance for now. I'm not in a good place.

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If you set your mind to it, you can do anything. Do you believe in that?
I believe that this is true in a society that doesn't hold people back based on the circumstances of their birth.
I believe in just relaxing, man.
I just don't believe it: I know it and I live it!
Heck yeah! That's my motto in life.

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Do you believe in the concept of social justice?
Everybody should believe in and fight for social justice.
I believe in socialization, sure.
I believe in high society!
I'm too busy making ends meet to think of such things.

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Would you say you're a generally "chillax" kind of person?
I'll chillax when everyone's equal in the eyes of the law.
That. I. Am.
I'm more of the badaboom badaboom kind, ya know?
No time to relax. I gotta work harder.

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Are you the live-and-let-live kind of person?
In a way, but I still like to challenge other people's way of thinking.
Well, I let things just slide. Does that count?
Yeah baby, that is me!
I let it be, but I don't forget it.

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Do you feel like a "stranger in a strange land" sometimes?
It's a strange land indeed, but it's my land and I refuse to be a stranger here!
I'm so friendly! How can that be?
Nah, don't have that problem.
That's like my everyday scenario.

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Is inequality something you deal with on a daily basis?
Fighting for equality is something I deal with on a daily basis.
I just smoke that away.
Not in my vocab.
Yes, especially when I don't have money, which is all the time.

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Are you a social smoker or a chain smoker?
Chain.
Social!
Ugh, disgusting. I don't smoke.
I got no money for smokes.

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Do you like to dance in clubs?
I can get down sometimes.
I can groove anywhere.
Oh yeah! I practically live there!
Not a dancer, pass.

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Will you be able to cope if you got stage fright?
Not a problem for me.
I can cope with anything!
Stage fright? What's that?
I think I can. I have to!

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Can you openly and honestly say what's on your mind about things?
Of course. I have many opinions about things.
I can, but I'd rather chill... 'til the next episode.
Got no problem with that.
I'd like to, but I'd rather brood.

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Do you like slow driving or cruising down the streets?
I drive slowly because I have to beware of cops.
I live for that, man. Yeah!
Not sure about that.
Man, I got no car! Still working on getting one.

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Are you shy in approaching a person you like?
Not a preoccupation of mine at the moment.
Well, they always approach me, so that covers it.
Of course not! Why should I be?
More like hesitant, because the person might end up judging my life.

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Will your artistic talents help you succeed in life?
I use my talents to work on social justice issues more.
Yeah, sure, I guess...
All my talents will help me succeed!
Yes, I believe so.

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Would you consider yourself as an activist for just causes?
Always. We should always be fighting powerful corporations and corrupt politicians. Follow the money.
I'd rather smoke and cruise, man, just chill, ya know.
Yeah, yeah sure.
Well, sometimes I feel like a lost cause, so I fight for myself.

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Do you mix your own drinks?
Well, I don't mix my politics with drinks.
Of course! Nothing but the best!
No way, Jose! Order for me, please.
Yeah, whatever I can find.

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Are you the type who gets intimidated by go-getters?
No!
Nah, let's all just chill.
Honey, I am the go-getter!
Only if they bully me!

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Can you work harder to have a better life?
Of course, but there are systems of oppression ingrained in societal structures that prohibit my people from having life! Did you know that Black women make $.62 on the dollar compared to men? Come on, man.
Let me chill first, then I'll work on that later.
Surely!
That's what I'm doing!

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Do you have a "gangsta" or a "bling-bling" fashion style?
Gangsta.
G all the way, babe!
Bring me that bling!
I'd like to be gangsta.

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Are you a firm believer of social equity?
Social equity begins with reparations.
I'm a firm believer of getting sociable.
Sure, if that will get me what I want.
Not really, because I think I'm at the losing end of that.

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Do you drop cuss words once in a while?
Depends on what company I'm in.
I drop 'em like they're hot!
Sometimes that's a style...
Whenever I don't feel so positive.

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You got a problem with showing your sexy side to people?
Got better things to show people.
Oooh, I live for sexy, ya know...
Not me!
I'm preoccupied by other things.

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Are you really comfortable to speak in public?
Always. Gotta say what you gotta say.
Whatever, man, I'm cool.
Surely.
I am! Only I choke sometimes...

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Can you bravely critique the authorities?
I do that all the time.
I could, but let's just chill first.
Only when it affects my comfort zone.
Not if they hold my paycheck.

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Are you always surrounded by your friends?
Friends of the resistance, yes!
All the time. All the time.
Sure! We like having a good time.
I'm more of a loner.

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Do you always go for what you want?
Yes.
I want some drinks, and some smokes, so I go for that...
That's my life motto!
Yeah, but life doesn't let me pass sometimes.

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Are you a fan of old school rap or the more danceable hip-hop of today?
Old school is still cool!
I'm more G-funk, baby!
I love dancing! Hip-hop dancing!
I'm more of the rap rock fan.

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Do you harbor some guilt feelings about your family?
Only when I can't fight for their right to have a happy, healthy, and safe life.
No, everything's just chill.
Nah, don't want that negative energy around me.
Yeah, that's a burden I carry...

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