The first thing to understand about Bill Rapp is that he’s not the rapper you might think he is.
The Bronx native, known for his raps on hip-hop classics like “All Eyez on Me,” “The Way You Used To Do It,” and “Bad Things,” is a self-described “rap artist” who also happens to be a member of the hip-hopping outfit Hoodies.
Rapp is no stranger to the spotlight, either, with his 2015 song “All Eyes on Me” featuring Drake, Drake’s biggest hit at the time.
While the lyrics on that track aren’t the first to make headlines, the track has been the subject of much attention, and it’s a fitting metaphor for Rapp’s life.
“I just like being different,” Rapp told the Atlantic.
“It’s so simple.
You just have to be you.”
Rapper Hoodies, a group of rappers who are loosely based on Hoodies members, formed in 2015.
While Rapp has been around the hip hop game for nearly two decades, he has yet to chart a hit on his own.
That all changed in 2016, when Rapp’s new album, Diamond Raps, was released.
“All the time, my life has changed,” Rapp said in an interview with the New York Post.
“When I started this whole thing, I was just like, ‘Oh, this is where I’m gonna be.’
Now I have to change the world, and that’s what I’m doing.
I’m changing it now.
And it’s cool.”
The album sold a combined 17 million copies worldwide, and in 2018, the group released a video for Rapp to celebrate his new music.
Rapp has since returned to his roots as a member to help promote the album, which also features the voices of Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Lil Yachty, and many others.
Rapp, who has been known for using his rap voice to promote his music, was able to join Hoodies as a rapper this past January.
“Bill has always been the most humble, humble rapper I’ve ever known,” Hoodies rapper DJ Drama said in a video to promote the project.
“His music is about making you feel good, but it’s also about letting you know that you have power over what you put in your body.”
Rapp’s career is also being shaped by the influence of his father, a Bronx native and rapper.
Rapp’s father, who died in 2004, has been a part of Hoodies since its inception.
Rapp and his mother, who passed away in 2011, have a deep relationship with each other, and Rapp has credited his father with helping shape his music and storytelling.
“He’s been the biggest influence on me as a person,” Rapp explained to Billboard.
“Not only was he my dad, he was also my best friend.
We would be hanging out, he would come over, he’d hang out, and he was always talking about me, and I always got an answer.
He taught me how to be humble.
I think that’s probably the most important thing, that you just let people’s words guide you.”
The group has also received praise for its work on other projects, including the single “Bad Times,” which received critical acclaim in 2016 and earned the group a Grammy nomination in 2018.
Rapp also released a documentary film called The Rapper, which chronicles the life of a rap legend.
“The Rapper” was released in 2019, and RapFix reported that the film was one of the best films of the year.
“Everything I did, I wanted to make the best version of it,” Rapp once told Rolling Stone.
“That’s my way of saying thank you to my dad for everything he did for me.”
Rapp has also gone on to win multiple Grammy awards.
He was nominated for Best Rap Performance for “Bad Ways” and for Best Original Song for “All Night.”
Rapp also was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Rapp recently released his sixth album, The Way You Came To Know Me, which is currently in the process of being released.