What Does Interpolation Mean In Rap? (EXPLAINED)

Interpolation might sound like a scientific or highfalutin word but it has a simple meaning and is often used in many of the rap songs you know, including the classics

While related to sampling, interpolation is entirely different. Interpolation refers to when an existing melody or portion of a melody, often with modified or changed lyrics, gets re-recorded for a new single or track. One example is Eminem’s “Sing For A Moment.” He interpolated Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” Here are examples of its usage

“If you find yourself lacking some creative juice, interpolate some songs and see what clicks.”


“I think it is very creative when rappers use interpolations.”

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