End of ADS-L Digest - 2 Jun 1995 to 4 Jun 1995 ********************************************** There are 3 messages totalling 64 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. rap 2. same old six and seven (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 5 Jun 1995 09:35:16 -0500 From: BARBARA HILL HUDSON Subject: Re: rap Re: rap In the African American community in the fifties rap was defined as a way of talking. H. "Rap" Brown in telling how he got his nickname explained that it was became he could really "talk." My early understanding of the word was that it very skillful way of talking which utilized all kinds of word play, indirection, humor and intelligence. Later, I heard the term used to refer to a particular philosophy (he's got a strong rap) or to person's ability to persuade (as in courtship behavior). In the sixties and seventies I began to hear the word used to mean simply talking (we rapped for an hour). I think people like the Last Poets and Gil Scott Herron held on to an earlier meaning of "Man of Words" or philosopher who gets his/her point across by means of verbal gymnastics. PS. I forgot to say that in the mid sixties and early seventies, many of my hippie and/or feminist friends used the term rap session to mean something closer to consciousness raising sessions. Barbara Hill Hudson