Rap

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HISTORY OF RAP

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RAP JOURNEY THROUGH 600 MCs

∙  USA & Canada  ∙  Europe  ∙  Latin America  ∙  ... elsewhere  ∙

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RAP BEFORE THE AGE OF RAP 

Rap became a mainstream musical genre in 1979 with Sugarhill Gang's hit "'Rappers delight'. Before that, however, rap had already been part of pop music as a subset of other musical genres since the early 1940s:

∙  1941  ∙  Preacher and the bear (Jubalaires, gospel-rap, USA)  ∙  Talking Unions  (Almanac Singers ft Pete Seeger, regulation-rap, USA)  ∙  1947  ∙  Rythm talkin' (Louis Armstrong, jazz-rap, movie "New Orleans")  

∙  1965  ∙  Ten commandments (Prince Buster, rocksteady-rap, Jamaica)  ∙  1966  ∙  They're coming to take me away, ha haaa!  (Napoleon XIV, comedy-rap)  ∙  1967  ∙  Little toy soldier (David Bowie, prog . rock-rap)  ∙  1968  ∙  The gift (Velvet Underground, prog. rock-rap)  ∙

∙  1971  ∙  The revolution will not be televised (Gil Scott-Heron, human rights-rap)  ∙  1972  ∙  Cow thief skank (Lee 'Scratch' Perry, reggae dub-rap, Jamaica)  Prisencolinensinainciusol (Adriano Celentano, gibberish rock rap, Italy)  ∙  1979  ∙  Sonny's lettah (Linton Kwesi Johnson, dub poetry-rap,  Jamaica)