Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 13:00:06 -0400 From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" Subject: Re: Query about terms On Thu, 1 Jun 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote: > Thanks, Christopher. What's your first recollection of "rap"? > > Bethany > 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.