Rap It Up! Street-corner jive that brought discos alive
David Toop, History of Rock, The, 1984
Unless you were a streetwise native New Yorker, the source of the new underground black music that was appearing on disc in 1979 seemed unfathomable. Records like Fatbacks King Tim III (Personality Jock) and the Sugarhill Gangs Rappers Delight were a vibrant amalgam of fast-talking catchphrases and rhymes spoken over stripped-down rhythm tracks. They were called rap and they seemed to spring fully-formed from some hidden tradition.
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