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Best White Rapper
Vanilla Ice 14%
Beastie Boys 31%
3rd Bass 2%
MC Hammer 12%
Eminem 26%
Bubba Sparks 1%
Kid Rock 4%
Young Black Teenagers 5%

Votes: 116

 The History of Rap.

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 04, 2002
You hear it on every street in every city. From New York to Los Angeles, from London to Cape Town, from Tokyo to Jakarta, the air is thick with the rhythms and rhymes of rap music.

It seems that all cultures are open to this fascinating style of music with its colorful characters, insightful lyrics combined with a strong and socially aware political message.

Unknown to many rap music has a dark side, one which has remained hidden for too long.

Pay attention as the most controversial site on the internet exposes the modern rappers for the bunch of violently racist hypocrites they are, whilst at the same time gives credit to the true rap pioneers.


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Unless you have been living in a hole for the last twenty years, you cannot fail to have noticed the modern musical phenomenon that is "rap" music. Currently the most lucrative type of music out-selling even Country and Western, "rap" has become the soundtrack to our modern lives. From TV commercials to the "thump thump thump" of the outsized subwoofers in some teenager's hopped-up Honda Civic, it is almost impossible to avoid this aural assault and the crimes against fashion that accompany it.

I understand that some people enjoy listening to this aggressive noise, with its mysogynistic, racist, homophobic, anti-christian and cop-killing lyrics, and that is fair enough. Patriot Act notwithstanding, the USA is still a fairly free country, and with some minor exceptions, free speech is still nominally protected by the fifth amendment to our Constitution.

Here at adequacy, our problem is not with "rap" music per-se. Our beef is that this style of music was stolen from the white-man and then sold back to him as the exclusive work of African Americans, who are now making preposterous claims that paint the white man as the guilty party!

To truly get to the bottom of this outrage, it is necessary to travel back in time to 1948, before anyone had heard of "Afrika Bambaata" or "Grandmaster Flash". This was a time when a young white man named T. Texas Tyler relased his ground-breaking single "Deck of Cards" and became the first in a long line of white European Americans to utilize "rap" - a section of spoken dialog over a backing track wholly or predominantly characterized by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats. It was not known as "rap" at that point in history, his releases were called "country narrative records" or "talking songs", but the basic "rap" idea of speaking over a pounding beat was there.

Tyler (real name David Luke Myrick, born 6/20/1916 in Mena, Arkansas and known as "the man with a million friends") had thus laid the groundwork for what was to be an explosion of white "rapping", that was to continue up until the late 70s when "rap" music was hijacked by African Americans.

After the success of Deck of Cards, many more white stars emulated Tyler by "rapping" on their records, ensuring "rap" became a mainstay of the white music charts.

Artists such as Elvis Presley begun to incorporate "rapping" into their hit singles like "Lonesome Tonight". CW McCall brought "rap" music into the notoriously conservative trucking community with his famous top ten hit rap: Convoy. (Listen to it on MP3 here)These were followed by hits from the likes of Steve Martin with "King Tut", Debbie Harry with "Rapture", Vanilla Ice (killed our brains like a poisonous mushroom) with "Ice Ice Baby", 3rd Bass with "Steppin' To The AM" and the ironically named Young Black Teenagers with "Proud To Be Black"

So by the late 70s, "rap" music was mainstream, and making money. So I expect you are wondering what happened to all the white rappers after that ? After all, "rap" music today is almost exclusively an African American affair. I will explain.

The African American community had for some time been looking for a new style of music. The old style soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett just was not selling any more. African Americans were beginning to get fed up with the innovative sounds of the "rapping" white men. The "Human Beatbox" invented by Rolf Harris and made famous by his "rap" "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" was the last straw. There was a great deal of resentment at this new style of music which was rendering the top African American singers redundant.

This is where it gets complicated. According to some sources, a group of Prince Hall Masons with close connections to the music industry got together with some senior record label executives and decided that from that day forward, "rap" music would become the exclusive preserve of the black man. The plan was to take ownership of "rap" and ensure that it was exclusively associated with black Americans.

Another theory was that a new computer program developed by the major record labels predicted a massive increase in profits if "rap" could be marketed to the teenage African American audience. According to this story, focus groups were set up with various styles of black "rappers" present, from old school, to gangsta, to radical islamic, to party, basically every style of "rap". As a result of these sessions, the acts "Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five" and "Afrika Bambaataa" were manufactured in much the same way that modern boy bands like N-Sync and Backstreet Boys are today.

Whichever story is true, it doesn't matter. It's been lost in the mists of time. All we know is that with the release of "The Message" and "Planet Rock", white "rap" had had its day.

Soon it became a rare event to hear the crazy dope rhyming skillz of an educated white man going off on the mic like a crazy motherfucker, as the inevitable rise of the African American "rappers" displaced the white pioneers.

Nowadays white rappers are an endangered species, and your kids are more likely to know the lyrics to "Fuck tha police" than "Ice Ice Baby". Fortunately for us old-timers, we still have our old vinyl recordings, and our memories.

Who knows where white rap might be today if it weren't for the African American conspiracy to keep it down ?


Id wear a flamesuit if I were you (none / 0) (#11)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 12:46:49 AM PST
Because when real Rap fans read this; your going to be flamed: BBQ style


P.S. Sweet pole, Beastie Boys rule!

What do you mean "real rap fans" (none / 0) (#14)
by dmg on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 02:14:09 AM PST
I am a "real rap" fan. I like the ORIGINAL rap music, not this fake-assed middle class pretend gangsta shit that clogs up the charts these days. None of that lame-assed Master P shit for me.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Yeah, P Diddy sucks (none / 0) (#23)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 08:37:11 AM PST
Nellly is pop and Ja Rule is too

But when other Rap fans read this; they will prove you wrong. This website has a tendancy to not have the best research on their side. Don't make me use examples.


Please, do go on. (none / 0) (#29)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 06:39:51 PM PST
You can't figure out how to argue your case, so you're going to sit there and hope other people do it for you? Lame.

Oh, and I call your bluff. Cough up some examples, MTV lamer.


Oh, the rogue clone challanged me!? (none / 0) (#30)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 08:50:12 PM PST
Example 1: The article on the bomb hoax-How can the bombing in Japan be a hoax when you can still detect radiation in Hiroshima? Answer me that

Example 2: I once mentioned MIB2, someone's "research" said it was a hacking program....Yeah.....Great "research" *coughidiotcough* T_T

Example 3: The Anime article by John Erikson.....He stereotyped all anime and made sumpitions of animes from their names..."Dragon's Balls"...LOL it was Dragon Ball...

There....I win jackass!!

The Real Indy^_^

That's all you got? (none / 0) (#31)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 12:02:43 AM PST
What, you can detect radiation somewhere, and that means a bomb went off there? You can detect radiation in most college physics labs, you know. And near Chernobyl, too.

"Someone said" MIB2 was a hacking program, and it may well be, because dirty hackers have all kinds of weird pet names for their illegal hacker tools, and this means someone else doesn't do research? What? Are you nuts?

John Erikson did not "stereotype all anime from their names," he described anime for people unfamiliar with it, but I'm afraid I can't follow the rest of your argument. What is a "sumpition?"

While you're doing some "research" in your favorite dictionary, how about some real examples, that cite comment location information, or (here's a crazy idea) even link to examples of poor research?

There... you lose, MTV lamer!!

You don't even know what good research looks like, which I'd say is pretty dumb for a forty-year-old man who wants to pose as me.

The Real Real Indy^_^

More proof (none / 0) (#32)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 09:37:20 AM PST
"John Erikson did not "stereotype all anime from their names," he described anime for people unfamiliar with it, but I'm afraid I can't follow the rest of your argument. What is a "sumpition?"

I ment Assumption; mean the act of assuming

"These films all fall into the fantasy and science-fiction genres (which are little more than a hotbed of paganism and Satanism anyway) and the stories generally involve an epic conflict between the forces of "good," who are typically inbued with obviously Satanic powers, and their enemies, also possessing such powers"

Um...yeah...*coughBScough*, its called Aura, not satanistic powers....

"In a cheap trick the perverts that create manga films have stolen their animation techniques from Disney, and given all of their characters the same wide-eyed child-like look of innocence seen in such timeless children's classics as Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. This makes it clear that even when showing supposedly adult characters, they are subliminally referring instead to young children."

I can name 3 animes without this and Disney stole "Lion King" and "Atlantis" from anime

"Project A-Ko - A love story about lesbians and their homoerotic ways. Disgusting. Shameless."

So girls can't have best friend that are girls? AHHH Yeah....*coughidiotcough*, in Project A-Ko; A-ko falls in love with some young man but the young man falls in love with her friend C-ko

"Dirty Pair - Aside from the name saying it all, the series appears to be nothing more than two barely dressed nubile teenagers attempting to kill or sleep with everyone they encounter. No redeeming value whatsoever"

Depend which Dirty Pair. The Original Dirty Pair were about 20, the Dirty Pair from "Dirty Pair Flash" were 16 year old trainees, and in the comic their 20...though they are clones. They are goverment agents and they don't saduce their culprits, they kick the living crap out of them.

Which proves.......John was wrong (so was Harrison D) and you are the fake!! now to breakfest

*walks off to go get breakfast, listening to Bad Religion*


P.S.-If you want to argue more, my AIM is IndystarX and you can get me at this message board

How sad. (none / 0) (#35)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 02:39:12 PM PST
God, you're gross.

A forty year old man who likes cartoon boobies, and pretends to be me.

If you want to get into who stole what from who, why not start at the beginning? Japan stole cartoons and animated movies from America, and added boobies.

So you can name three Japanese cartoons that don't use the classic Disney look? And that somehow erases the fact that the vast majority of japanese cartoons do, in fact, use Micky Mouse Eyes?

Why do Japanese cartoon fans think they can have it both ways? First they want the rest of us to pretend that cartoons can be a grown-up entertainment, and then they get all upset when grown-up themes in the cartoons, such as homosexual overtones, are pointed out.

Maybe that's why you want to pretend you're a teenager like me-- so you can be a grown-up and a little kid at the same time.

While you're listening to that band that was popular for teens in 1988, I'll be listening to The Hives, 40-year old MTV lamer!!


So I like 80's music (none / 0) (#36)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 07:09:21 PM PST
So...I like Elvis, Queen, House of Pain, Old School Beasties-Means I like classic songs that made music what it is today. You who has the thickest head listens to anything that gets on the radio. I listen to the Hives and White Stripes and Unwritten Law. You fantasies the Kelly Osborne :p

You have proven that you are nothing more then a pop-addict, please listen to some Indies music and go away.

Indy =P

P.S. I don't have MTV!!

You're through. (none / 0) (#38)
by Anonymous Reader on Sun Jul 7th, 2002 at 02:44:03 AM PST
I'm not the faker who pretended to be a teen, and then backed it up with music that came out fifteen years ago.

You didn't mention new bands until after I did, poser.

You're a forty-something creepy old faker, and I'm the real teen-ager, MTV lamer.

Indy^_^ ---- THE REAL DEAL!!!

No Diggity (none / 0) (#39)
by MessiahWWKD on Sun Jul 7th, 2002 at 03:13:49 PM PST
It is obvious that you are the teenager here.
Guardian angel, heavenly friend, walk with me 'til the journey's end.

Obviously (5.00 / 2) (#17)
by psychologist on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 03:15:38 AM PST
I think you are wrong. Real rap was started by beethoven, and was then further spread by Mozart. Mozart was a playa-hater, and Saleri, who was one bad-ass motherfucker with cool grooves got playa-hated out of the game by Mozart.

Handel didn't handle his shit well, else he would have been known as one of the greatest too. Now, he is just a second rate rap star.

Of course, the "man" brought Mozart down, just like they brought down tupac and biggy. I'm sure that the three of them are right now in that great ghetto in the sky, spinning those turntables and conducting sticks.

Of course, these old timers didn't really have lyrics, they were more of beat guys like the neptunes or timbaland. Not everyone is blessed with the gift of rap.

But that isn't near the first occurence of rap. 50 000 years ago, in the caves of brooklyn, a new kind of music was born. Set against the powerful bass of a shin bone on a mammoth skull, a little known caveman known as DJ Uga Uga started a revolution....

Obviously you are a dumb yank (none / 0) (#43)
by KingAzzy on Mon Jul 15th, 2002 at 04:44:51 PM PST
Beethoven was a 19th century musician while Mozart was early 18th.

About the poll (none / 0) (#18)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 03:23:58 AM PST
Who are "3rd Bass", "Bubba Sparks" and "Kid Rock"? I've never heard of them. Are they Americans or something?

FYI... (none / 0) (#19)
by gohomeandshoveit on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 07:28:47 AM PST
...I don't know who "3rd Bass" is. But, I do know Bubba Sparxxx (yes, that is how he spells it) and Kid Rock are, in fact Americans. It even goes to the point that Kid Rock's latest music video is full of American flags. If that isn't enough for you, he also married Pamela Anderson at one point, whether you want to use that as an argument for or against him being American. Bubba Sparxxx is somewhat less well-known, but he does have one single called "Ugly", which, I believe, does feature Jadakiss, a black rapper.

-----If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face.

Pamela Anderson is a born and raised Canuck... (none / 0) (#24)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 10:17:30 AM PST
although for all I know she might have become an American citizen. Not that it bothers me if she did, I'm happy for you Yanks to soak up our trash ;)

What?!? (none / 0) (#34)
by Icebox on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 10:50:38 AM PST
You honestly don't recognize the title "Prime Minister Pete Nice"? There was also a fat guy, who's name I can't recall, who moved to Beford Stuyvesant to be taken seriously as a rapper.

I bet he endured a number of beatings. 3rd Bass was the muse of a number of toy gangster white kids when I was a teen, they gave them hope of one day being accepted by the black men they so envied.

(no subject) (5.00 / 2) (#20)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 07:48:08 AM PST
As a white man with an uncanny ability to not only rap, but also leap more than 2 feet vertically and grow an afro, I feel it incumbent upon me to comment on your article.

Firstly, while African Americans do have a stranglehold on the rapping industry, this is a fine example of where quantity certainly does not equate to quality. Not only are the few caucasian rappers better than their counterparts, but other nationalities, such as Far Eastern, especially, are becoming more prevalent, like Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. This is not to say that black rappers aren't good, it's just that there are much more rigorous standards to be a white one than a black one.

To be a black rapper, all you need is an ability to rhyme to a beat more than 60 bpm and a couple of scantily-dressed women around you. White rappers, however, have to be creative in what they say, since it is considered taboo to talk about pimpin hoes and other "black talk" if you're white. This restriction on what white rappers can say causes them to say more controversial things, making overprotective mothers and the media distrustful and hateful towards them.

In other words, white boys have mad skeelz, so you best recognize us, fools.

P.S. Where's Everlast on your poll? He's the guy in House of Pain who did "Jump Around". It's tight.

And Humpty (none / 0) (#33)
by Icebox on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 10:41:39 AM PST
Humpty should be in the poll too, he wears a giant plastic nose so he can front as a black man.

The Return of the Real (none / 0) (#26)
by MessiahWWKD on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 02:27:10 PM PST
Whichever story is true, it doesn't matter. It's been lost in the mists of time. All we know is that with the release of "The Message" and "Planet Rock", white "rap" had had its day.

There is hope. With the newest white rapper to hit the scene, rap has a chance to be brought back to its roots.
Guardian angel, heavenly friend, walk with me 'til the journey's end.

Dopest White Rapper - High-C (none / 0) (#27)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 05:32:22 PM PST

Not really, MC Stopheles is much better.

Thesis.Sahib...5-Headed Retard...Govenor Bolts...Kunga219...Buck 65...


Uhhh ok. (none / 0) (#28)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 4th, 2002 at 06:11:50 PM PST
Look did whats his name or who ever white guy call it rap? No. Some black guy did something near whoever and called it "RAP". Hell even black guys called a speech a heavy rap, I think rap started more of a the lines of street poetry or a speech with a beat. Some greedy fuck heard about it, destoryed the whole idea around it about boom we got that shit called Cash Money millionaires. Listen to Ice-T talk, He raps cause its his way of expressing him self. Bruce Lee considered martial arts not about fighting in general but truly expressing your self, people have different ways of express them selves. I admit that alot of rap is repeative shit all music started from some guy who could carry a beat.

Rap was stolen (5.00 / 2) (#37)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jul 6th, 2002 at 04:22:24 PM PST
A better example of C. W. McCall's rap is "Wolf Creek Pass." Blondie's "Rapture" was the first rap song to hit #1 on the pop charts, proving that even though hacks like Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang were making noise that sounded like rap, the art form was perfected by that particular artist. Pretty much everything past that point, particularly what's called "hip hop" today is stolen from earlier successful acts: Run-DMC's "Tricky" is The Knack's "My Sharona," their "Walk This Way" is merely a cover of a successful Aerosmith tune, N.W.A stole liberal Doobie Brothers riffs, and Young M.C. stole so much from Michael Jackson ("Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Smooth Criminal") that he could have been the 6th member of the Jackson Five. Kris Kross started the unfortunate habit of using preprogrammed demo patterns from synths and rapping over them, inspiring Coolio and Snoop Dogg, but not Erwin "Puffy "Puff "P. Diddy" Daddy"" Coombs, who steals pop songs nearly verbatim ("Every Breath You Take" by the Police and The Black Crowe's cover of "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers) even though the genre has evolved via artists like Limp Bizkit and The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy to the point where you either have to pretend you have musical talent or hire people who do.

Wrong (none / 0) (#42)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jul 13th, 2002 at 07:44:58 PM PST
No. You are wrong. Getting a number #1 hit does not prove that a musical form is perfected by the artist who got the hit.

What the fuck, muthafuckas? (none / 0) (#41)
by theR on Thu Jul 11th, 2002 at 10:52:16 AM PST
All you punk sissies that didn't vote for 3rd Bass in the poll get the Gas Face.


It's all right to cry,
Crying takes the sad out of you.

-- Rosey Grier

You racist bastard! (none / 0) (#45)
by kidfromehs on Mon Aug 26th, 2002 at 05:49:27 PM PST
let me get this straight your saying the black artists are being racist against ... this is where im lost, if your offended by a black man calling you "whitie" or some other thing like that think when a white man calls a black person nigger it makes them feel good? you think all this is like "we diddnt to anythiong to them and they just went off", you sir need a life!


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