Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

First Rap Album 1974

Well this is pretty cool; Joe "Jody" Parsley is an 80 year old man who claims to have invented rap. Your first thought is to dismiss him as crazy but here's the thing...he has the album to prove it. Now I know what some of you are going to say "Lightin' Bolt came out with Hustler's Convention in 1973". Well yeah, that's true and while that album certainly influenced rap, it isn't rap. It's more like beat poetry set to funk instead of jazz, Lightin' Bolt doesn't really rap to the beat. He's really ignoring the beat all together and reciting lines over funk. Old man Parsley is very clearly rapping to the beat and it sounds like a slightly stiffer version of Sugarhill or one of the other old school crews. It's not awesome or something I would listen to regularly but I think this guy has a legitimate claim here. One thing though, the vocals sound like they might have been added - which means this could be bogus.

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