Wednesday, January 17, 2018
WACKY WEDNESDAY: Further Adventures in White Rap
A couple of years ago on a quiet Wacky Wednesday I posted an introduction into the world of White Rap. You can find that masterpiece HERE.
There I quoted Irwin Chusid from his liner notes for the classic 1994 Spy Magazine compilation White Men Can't Wrap.
White rap is a centuries-old tradition; the original white rappers were square-dance callers improvising rhymes for Saturday-night barn parties in America's rural backwaters. Like today's rappers, they were seen as debauchers, imperiling the morals of the young. The fiddle was "the instrument of the devil"; church leaders banned it. The callers' freestyle rhymes teased with erotic innuendos ("Duck for the oyster/Dig for the clam/Knock a hole in the old tin can"). ... it was all about sex and forbidden behavior! It was the roots of today's white rap culture."
Let's start off with the works of three classic rockers who, in the 1980s, proved they were down with the hippity hop.
First there's Rappin' Randy.
Lou Reed declared himself "The Original Wrapper."
And there's no denying that when Brian Wilson raps, he's still a genius. A very stable genius. Paging Dr. Landy!
Just for the heck of it, here's one of the classic old hillbilly "white rap" tunes like Chusid talked about. This song by Seven Foot Dilly & His Dill Pickles is from a cool compilation called The Roots of Rap.
But there is not, nor will there ever be a white rapper greater than the one and only Devastatin' Dave (the Turntable Slave). Here he is with a positive message for the youth.
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