Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 13:00:06 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" ccoolidg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: Query about terms
On Thu, 1 Jun 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:
Thanks, Christopher. What's your first recollection of "rap"?
I'm not absolutely sure, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that The
Last Poets first referred to what they were doing as "rapping." I think Gil
Scott Heron referred to himself in that way too. Thus the first "street rap-
pers" in Harlem in the late 70's would have had a previous precedent to re-
fer to themselves as such. Hope this serves as a starting point.