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Glam Rap

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"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 Turn of the Millennium. The 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. Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin" is the Trope Codifier. 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 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: sprawling mansions; long, luxury yachts; exotic, six-figure sports cars and luxury cars; pimped out cars with big DUB rims (which may or may not be spinning) and/or lowrider hydraulics; tons of stripperific models 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 the only type of rap that seems to get played on the radio or 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 Hair Metal that dominated the metal scene (and rock music in general) in The '80s, 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 The Other Wiki) is "glam metal". There is some overlap with Gangsta Rap, as many of these artists have a dark side. One doesn't always indicate the other, however.




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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dr. Evil's rap in the third Austin Powers film parodies glam rap, which takes place while he's in prison. It's never explained where he and Mini-Me got the costumes, the props or the scantily-clad women for the "video", or where they went after the end of the track.

  • Eminem generally avoids wealth boasting (except as threat), but he's parodied it on occasion.
    • Eminem's writer's block phase in the mid-to-late 2000s was related to the saturation of this style of music on the radio, which he hated for its lack of craft. He wrote numerous extremely mean-spirited satires of this style during this time, including many that were ghostwritten for other artists but rejected, which have been bundled by fans into the King Mathers bootleg album. One notable example is "Ballin' Uncontrollably", in which Slim Shady sneers about his car:
      I got so much candy paint in my rims
      Paint be flyin' off my car be candy paintin' the neighborhood kids [...]
      32 inch rims, shit, I ain't even got no wheels
      Custom-fitted, custom-kitted wood grain
      Custom everything, what's that on the seat? Custom mustard stain
      Now let's go hit the mall, y'all know that we finna ball
      Get out the car, they be like, "Ah, there go them superstars!"
      Hit every single store, flash a fuckin' wad of cash
      But I ain't buying shit, bitch, kiss my candy-painted ass...
    • "Elevator" is a sardonic wealth-boasting song about him living in an impossibly enormous house 'with a fuckin' elevator'... into which Shady invites the fans who hassle him all day, cuts the cable, and goes to the kitchen to make a snack while he waits for them to fall to their death.
    • "Killer":
      Now count it, five, ten, yeah, fifteen, twenty
      Twenty-five, thirty, yeah, get the money
      Throw it in the furnace, yeah, this shit be funny
      Earn it just to burn it

    Music Videos 
  • Monster Magnet's video for "Space Lord" is a parody of glam rap videos in general and Puff Daddy's in particular. For the sake of humorous contrast, the first minute or so of the video is stark, dimly lit, and artsy, parodying Surreal Music Video tropes prevalent in contemporary Alternative Rock videos.
  • Aphex Twin's video "Windowlicker" parodies glam rap.
  • Hobo Johnson's song and video "Subaru Crosstrek XV" parodies the "flashy cars and money" aspect of Glam Rap. Hobo raps about getting a new car, but he highlights the fact that he can't afford a Bentley and mocks people who get flashy cars for status reasons. The video features a lot of silly dancing next to, but not touching, expensive sports cars, and features glam rap-type car posing in a tamer Subaru, featuring the all-male band instead of some flashy cars.

  • Six has a send up in this trope in Ann of Cleves song "Get Down". Ann of Cleves sings about her life of luxury in a similar style to Glam Rap... But with luxuries that were common in the sixteenth century such as, hunting dogs, fast horses, and golden crosses. Ann of Cleves has the happiest song in the show because of the wealth she gained after Henry divorced her, so it doubles as a strange Female Empowerment Song as Ann celebrates not needing Henry or any other man anymore.

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In a parody of this trope, Roman politician and general Marcus Licinius Crassus gives a bragging rap about how obscenely rich he is. To be fair, since he's wealthy enough to single-handedly finance an army, it's not like he doesn't have reason to boast.

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