A rapper is a type of entertainer who tells a story using music and rhymes. The rapper frequently uses explicit lyrics to drive home the meaning of his songs, which are usually about life in the ghetto and the difficult times of growing up in a bad part of town. Sampling is the act of capturing a beat from a previously recorded song, which is commonly taken from other artists and music styles. Often, the rapper will play a short piece of music on repeat, overlaid with his lyrics, effectively creating an original work. Rappers frequently imitate gang members and adopt gang nicknames to perform under instead of their given names.