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The Roots of Rap: Classic Recordings from the 1920's and 30's

  • 1. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down - Blind Willie Johnson
    2. Cocaine Blues - Luke Jordan
    3. Bow Wow Blues - Allen Brothers
    4. Jive Man Blues - Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
    5. Jonah in the Wilderness - Henry Thomas
    6. South Carolina Rag - Willie Walker
    7. Whitewash Station - Memphis Jug Band
    8. Automobile Ride Through Alabama - Red Henderson
    9. Dirty Dozen No. 2, The - Speckled Red
    10. Tain't None O' Your Business - Butterbeans & Susie
    11. It's a Good Thing - The Beale Street Sheiks
    12. She's a Hum Dum Dinger (From Dingersville) - Jimmie Davis
    13. Papa's on the Housetop - Leroy Carr
    14. Let That Liar Alone - Rev. Edward Clayborn
    15. Back in My Home Town - Frank Hutchison
    16. Track Linin - T.C.I. Section Crew
    17. Atlanta Strut - Blind Willie McTell
    18. Arkansas Hard Luck Blues - Lonnie Glosson
    19. How Can You Have the Blues? - Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom
    20. Pickin' off Peanuts - Seven Foot Dilly & His Dill Pickles
    21. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Pinetop Smith
    22. When I Stopped Running I Was at Home - The Dixieland Jug Blowers
    23. Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool) - Memphis Minnie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2018

  • Credits

    THE ROOTS OF RAP is a compilation of blues, country, gospel and other songs from the 1920s and 1930s with spoken cadences that pre-dated, and influenced, rap music.
    Compilation producers: Richard Nevins, Don Kent.
    Recorded in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes liner notes by Don Kent.
    Personnel: Blind Willie Johnson (vocals, slide guitar); Prince Laval (vocals); John Dilleshaw, Blind Willie McTell (guitar); Lonnie Glosson (harmonica); Rufus G. Perryman, Speckled Red (piano).
    Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
    Liner Note Author: Don Kent.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Clifford Hayes; Kansas City Kitty & Georgia Tom; Frank Hutchison; Frank Stokes; Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon; Dan Sane; Henry Thomas ; Jimmie Davis; Earl McDonald; Leroy Carr; Luke Jordan; Memphis Jug Band; Memphis Minnie; Mozelle Alderson; Pinetop Smith; Scrapper Blackwell; Allen Brothers; The Beale Street Sheiks; The Dixieland Jug Blowers; Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey; Willie Walker; Butterbeans & Susie.
    This ambitious and thought-provoking project turns to early black-and-white, religious, and secular traditions for antecedents to modern rap styles. Drawing from the commercial recordings of the 1920s and '30s, The Roots of Rap provides a broad sampling of rural voices straddling the lines of speech and song against the rhythms of piano, banjo, and guitar. The roots of rap, this collection argues, existed in early black work songs and in the Southern pulpit; in the performances of singing street evangelists; and in black vocal traditions such as the "dozens." Early forms of rap emerged in the vaudeville routines of minstrel and medicine shows, arising also in the country humor and talking blues of many rural white performers. To illustrate its thesis, the album draws from some of the greatest performers of the period, including Blind Willie Johnson, Seven Foot Dilly, Butterbeans and Susie, and Memphis Minnie, whose extraordinarily funky "Frankie Jean" closes the set. Like the best of Yazoo's projects, this effort is carefully and intelligently constructed, as well as consistently entertaining. ~ Burgin Mathews

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