Listen to SIGNIFYING BLUES (EXTENDED VERSION) by Bo Diddley.
Your 1959 single "Say Man" was, in a round about way, one of the first rap records?
Uhuh. But it wasn't called rap, it was called 'signifyin''. But the new kids today on the block call it rap and I guess you could say rap is a good name for it since you can't understand a damn thing they're sayin'. I think Eminem is the only one you can understand what he's saying. Will Smith was really good. Sir Mix-A-Lot, you can understand him. But the rest of 'em, you can't understand except that it's dirty,and I don't like the dirty lyrics. That's no good for our youngsters. Let a child be a child until he's no more a child and then he can listen to what he wants to.
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