->''"[[TropeNamer Glam rap.]] It's made for the clubs where they don't know the truth, but they making it up.\\
Glam rap. It glitters and it shines, but it don't reflect for me and mine.\\
Glam rap. We gonna burn it down, quick to wreck your body and say "turn the party out".\\
Glam rap. It's pretty-faced and perfect, we working the circuits just to bring the fans back."''
-->--- '''Mars ILL''', "Glam Rap"

->''"You diss me out of pride\\
But when you're finished talking about money and bitches you're simply out of rhymes."''
-->--- '''Canibus''', "Levitibus"

Glam Rap isn't so much a genre as it is a label (usually pejoratively) that's thrown at most hip-hop in the TurnOfTheMillennium. The [[UrExample earliest form of hip-hop]] that showed shades of this was probably Eric B. & Rakim's ''Paid In Full'' album, followed by the works of Big Daddy Kane and eventually Cash Money Records. Glam Rap is arguably a good way for a rapper to be mainstream without losing "street cred". Sure, they talk about the streets, but not necessarily in the same way as in [[GangstaRap other, more controversial rap genres]].

Their content is more or less the hip-hop equivalent of the ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'', and definitely lighter in tone and more radio-friendly. Expect the music videos to feature the following motifs: [[BigFancyHouse sprawling mansions]]; [[CoolBoat long, luxury yachts]]; [[CoolCar exotic, six-figure sports cars and luxury cars]]; {{pimped out car}}s with big DUB rims (which may or may not be [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]]) and/or lowrider hydraulics; tons of {{stripperific}} models [[ThreeMinutesOfWrithing gyrating]] by the large infinity pool with glasses full of champagne; and lots of big, gaudy jewelry.

The sub-genre gets a lot of heat because it's usually [[WolverinePublicity the only type of rap]] [[ItsPopularNowItSucks that seems to get played on the radio]] or [[MagazineDecay covered in magazines]], leaving people to believe that rap has gotten too commercial, and that acts tend to be less topical and reliant on novel lyrical flow. In this sense, it can be seen as rap's analogue to the unapologetically commercial and hedonistic HairMetal that dominated the [[HeavyMetal metal]] scene (and rock music in general) in TheEighties, and the antithesis to the old-school hip-hop that came out of that era. The names are even similar -- one of the most common alternative names for hair metal (and which happens to be the one in use at TheOtherWiki) is "glam metal". There is some overlap with GangstaRap, as many of these artists have a dark side. One doesn't always indicate the other, however.
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!!Examples:

* The UrExample: the album ''Paid in Full'' by Eric B. and Rakim.
* Mars ILL's "Glam Rap" is the TropeNamer.
* Music/JayZ's "Big Pimpin" is the TropeCodifier.
* Many artists signed to Cash Money Records.
* Some of Big Daddy Kane's early work.
* Ja Rule fell into this. He was originally a hardcore {{gangsta rap}}per, so this change was very jarring to some people.
* FiftyCent shows shades of this.
* P. Diddy, of course.
* [[Music/LilKim Lil' Kim]].
* TheLonelyIsland's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avaSdC0QOUM&ob=av3e "I'm On a Boat"]] is a parody of this.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it was used as a GainaxEnding to the episode "Pranksta Rap"
* Dr. Evil's rap in the third ''AustinPowers'' film parodies glam rap.
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