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Rap

RAP JOURNEY THROUGH 600 MCs

∙  RAP  ∙  Rap America  ∙  Rap Europe  ∙  Rap Latin America  ∙  Rap 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 since the early 40s as a subset of other musical genres:

∙  1941  ∙  Preacher and the bear (Jubalaires, gospel-rap, USA)  ∙  Talking Unions  (Almanac Singers ft Pete Seeger, regulation-rap, USA)  ∙  1942  ∙  Dear Mr President (Almanac Singers ft Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie, regulation-rap, USA)  ∙  1947  ∙  Rythm talkin' (Louis Armstrong, jazz-rap, movie "New Orleans")   ∙  1948  ∙  Louis Jordan  (boogie-rap)  ∙

∙  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)