audio editing software (noun): software used to produce music, movie soundtracks, etc. - Before we had audio editing software, we used tape loops.
beats (noun): the breakbeat rhythms that MCs rap to in hip hop music - Who produced the beats on this album?
breakdancing (noun): a style of street-dancing in hip hop culture - The breakdancing in this Turf Feinz video is incredible.
block party (noun): a free party on the streets of a city block - Are you going to the block party on Saturday?
collaborate (verb): to work together with someone to produce something - Has Kanye collaborated with Drake yet?
deejay (verb): to perform the skills of a club or hip hop DJ - Who's deejaying for Nas these days?
DJ mixer (noun): a small mixer made for DJs - All you need is two turntables, a DJ mixer and some records.
duo (noun): two people who make music or perform together - Who's on your list of best hip hop duos?
explicit (adjective): offensive, obscene or "rude" language - Has the album got an explicit language warning?
flow (noun): the ability to rap rhythmically and stylishly - He's been practising, so his flow's getting better.
G-Funk (noun): funk-based subgenre of gangsta rap - What's your favourite G-Funk track?
gangsta rap (noun): hardcore-style rap from Los Angeles - My cousin still buys gangsta rap records!
graffiti art (noun): street art that's drawn, painted or sprayed in public places - What do you think of Banksy's graffiti art?
hardcore rap (noun): a tough style of New York hip hop music - Hardcore rap's like those old gangster movies.
hook (noun): part of a song that's easily remembered, often a chorus - Young Thug's Florida Water has a great hook.
jazz rap (noun): rap music made with jazz samples or instruments - Molly doesn't like jazz rap much.
MC (or "Master of Ceremonies") (noun): a DJ's onstage announcer, esp. one who raps - Does your MC ever forget his raps?
mixtape (noun): a collection of free tracks, usually downloadable or on cassette tape - Let's download some more mixtapes.
rap (1) (noun): a set of lyrics rapped to a hip hop beat - He's never done a rap about getting a job, has he?
rap (2) (verb): to speak rhythmically in rhymes over a hip hop beat - You want me to rap? I've never rapped in my life!
rhyme (noun): a word that ends with the same sound as another word - If you don't use rhymes, you can't call it rapping.
sample-heavy (adjective): having many sampled sounds - If you like sample-heavy hip hop, you'll love this album.
scratching (noun): moving a record quickly on a turntable to create a rhythmic scratching sound - There's a lot of scratching in his beats.
socially-conscious (adjective): aware of social problems like inequality and racism - Joni wrote socially-conscious folk songs.
turntable (noun): a rotating plate that records sit on while being played - Instead of listening to the music on your iPod, let’s get out my dad’s old turntable.
underground rap (noun): rap music by artists outside the music industry - I never hear underground rap on the radio.