Punchline refers to the pointed line of a text whose content is attacked by another person. In most cases, such punchlines are found in the battle rap, whereby the assault and defamation of another person as well as the positive depiction of one’s own person are at the absolute center. In English, however, the noun Punchline generally means a point, that is, the surprising, witty or unexpected end, in which, for example, small stories or jokes culminate. The point of the joke resembles the punchline in rap.
The term consists of the English nouns punch for the (fist) beat and line for the (text) line. If one follows this translation, the punchline is literally a line of fist and, in a transposed sense, a text that surprises the listener or reader like a beating. In the case of rap, it is a line of text that stretches the opponent to the ground , goes.
In the Battle Rap, the rapper tries to attack and defame the respective opponent (see Opponent). This is particularly successful when he makes use of the most imaginative punchlines and reproduces them perfectly in the most technically sophisticated speech. An example:
Rapper come ‘, ask if they can call their Ma with my smartphone’
I say, “Yeah, clearly, there, just push the repetition.”
The above example is from Maeckes, a German hip-hop musician who belongs among other things to the Hip-Hop collective Die Orsons, and is taken from the track swing into the crate. The Punchline has no concrete opponent, so does not attack an individual, but the entire rap scene.
In the first line it is argued that various rappers are asking for the smartphone of the lyric self to be able to call their mother. The answer of the ego is to point out that it has called the last number. This statement is intended to indirectly point out that there is a (sexual) relationship between the ego and the mother. Attacks of this type are often found in rap music. Another example:
Today, Kool Savas asks about features just to say ‘
That he knows the number 1 like supermarket cashiers
These sample lines are from the German Rapper Kollegah. The lines refer to Kool Savas. To capture the punchline, a little background knowledge is required. In 2000, Kool Savas released the single King of Rap and thus placed himself at the top of the rap scene.
If in the example it means that Kool Savas asks for features – a collaboration – to know the number one, Kollegah is attacking and putting himself at the top. Incidentally, the word sequence number 1 has a small peculiarity. If it is spoken, it can be understood as a number scanned. This conspicuousness is called a homophone. Another example:
there was no one who understood these confused text lines
because in your quali warn even more purposeful than drums
This example is taken from a distrack of SpongeBOZZ vs. Gio. This is SpongeBOZZ’s contribution to the final of the JBB 2014, in which the two rappers opposed each other. These lines refer to a previous Gios – namely to his qualification for the competition – whereby his linguistic quality is attacked.
However, SpongeBOZZ’s contribution consists of an enormous compaction of such punchlines, which defame the opponent and attack the previous work as well as the development and the personality specifically. This density of punchlines on the one hand and self-praise on the other is characteristic of the battle rap. Finally the title as video – the cited can be heard from 3:10.Short overview: The most important overview
Punchline refers to the pointed line of a text whose content is attacked by another person. Most of these punchlines are found in Battle Rap. In English, however, the term generally means a point, that is, the surprising, witty or unexpected ending of a short narrative, anecdote, or a joke.
Such punchlines can have a direct opponent’s reference and thus refer directly to a person – as also usual in the battle rap – or have no concrete reference and thus address themselves to a group, organization or even fictitious figure.