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Snap me a rap

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snapchat is an old favorite among college students. Personally, it’s one of my preferred forms of communication. Sending photos and videos is much more exciting than texting. However, I was recently introduced to an app that just might be my new favorite way to message people: RapChat, an app that allows you to send — you guessed it — raps to all your friends and family.

RapChat allows users to record themselves rapping over one of their many beats. RapChat’s constantly expanding selection of beats from a variety of artists provides options suitable to almost any type of rap — fast, slow, romantic or funky. The raps are sent in a way similar to Snapchats, by selecting the names of the recipients. Friends and family can then listen to your rap and reply with one of their own.

Some may feel awkward or uncomfortable recording themselves rapping. “I’m not good at rapping,” they say. “It would be so embarrassing if someone overhears me rapping.”

In response, I would argue that this is exactly the point of RapChat. It gives you a chance to be creative and say whatever you want to say. Your rap might not win a Grammy. It might not even make sense; but that’s okay. The app is simply meant to be a fun and enjoyable way to communicate with others.

From personal experience, I’ve seen how receiving a RapChat can instantly brighten someone’s day. When I see that blue notification pop up on my phone, I want to instantly stop what I’m doing and listen to my new rap. Each message is always good for a laugh or smile.

I also believe there’s a learning curve to using RapChat. Over time, my raps have definitely improved in lyrics, rhyme and rhythm. A recent composition of mine, recorded while walking across God Quad, even had multiple verses.

I thought senior Katie Shaughnessy’s description of RapChat was very accurate: “It’s like Snapchat but better,” she said. “Who knows? This app could help the next rap sensation discover his or her hidden talent.”

I believe there’s at least a little part of every person that enjoys being creative and silly; there’s a part of every person that thinks inventing raps is fun.

RapChat gives you the chance channel your inner hip hop side, while simultaneously communicating with friends or family.

Send a RapChat next time you want your roommate to grab you a bagel from the dining hall. Send a RapChat to tell your friend to meet you in LaFun. I highly recommend RapChat as a way to help you discover your inner rapper.

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

About Katie Galioto

Katie, the Observer's current Managing Editor, is a senior majoring in political science, with minors in Business Economics and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. She's a former Walsh Hall resident who now lives off campus and hails from Chanhassen, Minnesota. Follow her on Twitter @katiegalioto.

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