Possible Origins Of Rhyming Traced By LA Weekly

Gil Scott-Heron and The Last Poets both mentioned in LA Weekly's story on the origins of rapping.

In a story published today (June 16), LA Weekly takes a look at the various historic events and moments, and people that possibly molded rapping as we know it. The publications’ story starts off by detailing the most recognized origins of rhyming, artists rapping “to showcase their DJs.”

LA Weekly also gives credit to “toasting,” a clever, rhyming speech used by those in Harlem in the late '60s and early '70s.

"The toast would be a series of rhymes, and you would say it so it sounded real cool," Curtis Sherrod of Harlem's Hip-Hop Culture Center said, according to LA Weekly. "It's like a boastful speech to set the party off."

Other possible origins of rhyming mentioned in the story include party records (specifically "Rapp Dirty,” a 1965 track from comedian Blowfly), griots, and pre-rap poets including Oscar Brown Jr., The Last Poets, and Gil Scott-Heron.

In regards to The Last Poets’ influence on Hip Hop, LA Weekly reports that Hip Hop historian Priest Forever claims the group of poets and musicians’ possible contributions to Hip Hop weren’t brought to the table until Public Enemy gained popularity in the ‘80s.

The full story on the origins of rhyming can be found at LAWeekly.com.

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  • sdas

    'Toasting' came from Jamaica and was bigger in the UK than it was in the USA for a long-time- due to more Jamaicans migrating in the 60's/70's than to USA. But toasting derives from the West African oral tradition of Griots (Poets) So rapping as it is has a long history

    • Anonymous

      you go on ahead and feed into that bs, going to toasting when usa blacks know james brown said "I can keep rapping" and the og's used to say "hey, lemme rap with you" which meant let's talk in the 50s-60s it's an agenda to take credit for hip hop by discrediting the BX originators TRUST when I say there are many whites out there who think blondie's 'rapture' is the 1st rap ever, it's no coincidence there's only 1 troll comment and very few others

  • Anonymous

    who gives a fuck. Now we have Drake and Lil wayne the hiphop kings

  • Anonymous

    kool herc could've told you this info, lol y'all keep trying to rewrite the history, all you doing is showing us that culture vulture gene

  • Ced

    I was afraid that they would cite some white person for the creation of Hip Hop haha. I had a teacher in middle school that told me europeans created Hip Hop, no lie! Much love to Gil Scott!

  • Anonymous

    hell yeah living in a bottle he killed that song straight spitting

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