Rap Before There Was Rap, part 4

Before there was Rap, there was Proto Rap. Songs that were recorded way before Sugar Hill Gang scored the first commercial rap hit in 1979. This form of spoken lyrics shook up the media world. Just watch this video and listen how ABC Television introduced Rap Music to America in 1981.

Top 10 Proto Rap Songs

But Rap was nothing new for Black America. By the late 1960s spoken word jazz poetry and comedy records recorded by Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets or Pigmeat Markham became predecessors of rapping.

We’ve done some more create digging and found 10 more ancestors of rap.

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