WHERE RAP FIRST BEGAN

Rapping developed both inside and outside of hip hop culture, and began with the street parties thrown in the Bronx neighborhood of New York in the 70s by Jamaican expatriate Kool Herc and others. The parties introduced dancehall and the practice of having a “Master of Ceremonies,” or MC, get up on stage with the DJ and shout encouragements to the crowd in a practice known as ‘toasting’. Over time, those shouts of encouragement became more longer and more complex and cross-pollinated with the spoken-word poetry scene to evolve into rap and also paving the way for popular rap ringtones. It’s believed that the first rapper to actually call himself an MC was Melle Mel from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

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