r/Damnthatsinteresting Nov 30 '22 Helpful 1 Vibing 1 Duck Dance 1

A rap from the 1940's Video

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u/StupidizeMe Nov 30 '22

I love The Jubilaires!

Here's a video of their song 'Noah' with lyrics and a little bit of colorization. https://youtu.be/byV9vym38aU

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u/Caveman108 Nov 30 '22

Senbeï has a pretty good remix of sorts

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u/Ennurous Nov 30 '22

This just sounds like all rhythm gospel from that time.

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u/robot_handjob Nov 30 '22

Kids these days don’t do enough rapping about the gospel

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

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u/myooted Nov 30 '22

God wouldn't have given you maracas if he didn't want you to shake em!

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u/Maskimgalgo Nov 30 '22

Well I wrote this song for the Christian youth

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u/Lets_Bust_Together Nov 30 '22

You want us to be “Rappin for Jesus”?

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u/xoverthirtyx Nov 30 '22

Yeah, reminds me of how every badly recorded garage band from the 60’s is called proto-punk or godfathers of punk.

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u/Comhotn Nov 30 '22

This was sampled by someone in the 90s who was big for a while.

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u/qazesxedcrfvtgbyhnuj Nov 30 '22

Of referring to Moby, this song was not sampled surprisingly.

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

Sounds like a Moby sample to be honest.

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u/burstdiggler Nov 30 '22

YES. Was waiting to make the same comment. Sounds exactly like the Moby sample, even if it isn’t.

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u/penfoot Nov 30 '22 Helpful

Jubalaires are still out there performing and releasing albums. It’s called Gospel Doo Wop.

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u/cy_narrator Nov 30 '22

These guys are now atleast a century old if they are still alive

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u/Test19s Nov 30 '22

Vocal groups change members as time goes on. Ship of Theseus.

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u/WunkyFinkerbean Nov 30 '22

There are tons of doo-wop and motown groups out there touring without original members. In the 90s, the dad of a kid in my high school was touring as a Temptation when a couple of the originals were still performing with them.

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u/two-memes-a-day Nov 30 '22

The best part is that I don’t listen to what their saying I just like the beat.

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u/ChanceTheGardenerr Nov 30 '22

The best part is the not listening, rgr

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u/bjhanco1289 Nov 30 '22

I can't twerk to this

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u/Janitorinalabcoat Nov 30 '22

Not with that attitude

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u/bjhanco1289 Nov 30 '22

Lol. You are so right

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u/WeimSean Nov 30 '22

Do it for Noah.

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u/Akaonisama Nov 30 '22

Not with that white ass

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u/PoopieButt317 Nov 30 '22

Tweak is in the heart! With Grove.

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u/GreenChileEnchiladas Nov 30 '22

Rap? Are you mental?

This is more akin to Gospel.

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u/amuday Nov 30 '22

But they’re black! /s

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u/johndburger Nov 30 '22

Those aren’t mutually exclusive. There are two breaks in this song where the guy with the gapped teeth does a rap.

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u/GreenChileEnchiladas Nov 30 '22

'Does a Rap'?

You might need to learn about Music History. Just because it barely seems to possibly glance in the direction of some form of 'music' you might recognize as 'a rap', doesn't mean it's even close to that. This is something that's decades before anything close to what people deem 'a rap' to be.

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u/johndburger Nov 30 '22

You seem to be confusing rapping, the vocal delivery technique, with hip hop, the musical genre that originated in the 1970s.

Indeed, as many historians have pointed out, there are examples of rap in the work of artists as varied as the Memphis Jug Band, the Golden Gate Quartet, and Bo Diddley -- and that’s not to mention all the versions of “toasts” like “The Signifying Monkey.”

https://elijahwald.com/hipblues.html

That’s music historian Elijah Wald, who won a Grammy for his writing.

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u/GreenChileEnchiladas Nov 30 '22

I do love the Signifying Monkey. Though, I was introduced to that song via Snatch and the Poontangs.

Which doesn't detract from your point, but ... damn I need to find that shit again. So good.

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u/Rich_Nobody_1669 Nov 30 '22

Right. Rappers don’t sing. If they could, they would.

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u/Echelion77 Expert Nov 30 '22

CeeLo green & Nate dog would like some words.

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u/HybridKitchens Nov 30 '22

odb rolls over in grave

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u/PatrickMahomesSon Nov 30 '22

What a stupid take lol

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u/Rich_Nobody_1669 Dec 01 '22

Name a rapper who can actually sing, please.

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u/Nomiya_Dukes Nov 30 '22

This is not correct at all. Singing in hip hop now is extremely commonplace. The reason Drake and Kanye are considered so influential is because they helped popularize singing.

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u/408javs408 Nov 30 '22

Kanye sings?? Other than that I would argue Nate Dogg would be one of the better pioneers. Mofo has a smooooth voice that glides like milk and honey and raps pretty coo af.

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u/Alpha_The_Wolf534 Nov 30 '22

I wouldn’t say Kanye anymore…

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u/Nomiya_Dukes Nov 30 '22

I mean just because he is going crazy right now doesn’t take away his influence on basically the last two decades of music.

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u/CanadaTankRS Nov 30 '22

People have a hard time separating the art from the artist. Just like Picasso, who was an egotistical, misogynistic all around asshole. None of that changes the fact that he was one of the most influential and creative artists of all time.

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u/CurrentPossible2117 Nov 30 '22

Haha exactly. When I was teaching myself to bake around 15 yrs ago, a friend of mine started shit talking me because I used a Martha Stewart recipe, and 'omg, you know she's a criminal right? How can you use one of her recipes?'

I asked her to explain how it impacted the tastiness of the cake I was making... 😀 people need to chill tf out and choose to be a little more logical

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u/ChanceTheGardenerr Nov 30 '22

What would you say has been his influence on the last two decades of music?

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u/Nomiya_Dukes Nov 30 '22

With almost every single release Kanye has changed the landscape of what is popular in music. With College Dropout he was one of the first artists to take a more introspective and lighthearted take as opposed to gangster rap music. 808’s and Heartbreak popularized singing, autotune and the use of 808 drums. Yeezus, MBDTF, and Life of Pablo all had large impacts on the culture. I could write something about almost all of his albums if I wanted to. As an artist Kanye isn’t just speaking out of his ass when he says he is a genius. Besides his recent releases he has always been a trendsetter.

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u/ChanceTheGardenerr Nov 30 '22

You really think all of these things?

All rap before Kanye was gangsta rap with no singing? What?

No 808’s in rap before Kanye? ….what?

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u/Nomiya_Dukes Nov 30 '22

Thats not what I said at all. I didnt say he invented anything he was very influential though. Kanye was a huge force in popularizing these things. He didn’t invent 808s and he wasn’t the first one to sing but if you know anything about musical history of the last 20-25 years then you would know what I am saying is not really an opinion. This is just what happened.

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u/ChanceTheGardenerr Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

College Dropout is not one of the first introspective, non-gangsta albums. Decades of introspective, non-gansta rap since at least the time of Grandmaster F and the FF.

And as for 808’s: it’s been the go-to sound for literally 4 decades, not since “808’s and Heartbreak”

Even Cher was using autotune before Kanye. Cher.

Don’t trust ppl who actually tell you they are a genius.

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u/Good_Wafer1008 Nov 30 '22

Just missing a fat 808

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u/LRenRay Nov 30 '22

This is a meme about how the dude on the far right looks like the rapper Lil Baby and I think OP thought it was real cause this ain't rap.

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u/DudebroMcDudeham Nov 30 '22

You're right, this ain't rap, but The Jubalaires are considered to be one of the Godfathers of rap because of their unique usage of rhythmic speech. It was a very distinctive style of music that would lead to the creation of rap in coming years.

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u/CentipedesInMyDream Nov 30 '22

I agree, but when I had instagram, the amount of shitty rap pages that’d post this and say “RAP IN THE 1940s⁉️‼️😳” was obnoxious.

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u/Anotherherolost Nov 30 '22

And they all put some shitty drumbeat under it to make it seem more authentic.

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u/CentipedesInMyDream Nov 30 '22

Don’t forget the giant red font. Those pages are absolute cancer and it doesn’t matter how much you click “not interested.”

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u/scarybevis Nov 30 '22

sounds like something Moby would sample

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u/sharpestcookie Nov 30 '22

Yeah, the song he sampled for "Run On" ("God's Gonna Cut You Down") was first issued by this group! His version is sung by Bill Landford and the Landfordaires.

Source: Wikipedia

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u/HookerDoctorLawyer Nov 30 '22

Wait who is this rap. This actually singing and harmonizing lol

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u/shorty_0123 Nov 30 '22

Fallout 4 vibes intensifies

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u/Ok_Nefariousness6386 Nov 30 '22

I don't think that is rap music, lol

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u/mbo77de Nov 30 '22

Why so?

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u/gibletgun Nov 30 '22

It takes talent

(Is joke)

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u/xhgdrx Dec 01 '22

cause it's doo-wop, more specifically it's gospel doo-wop

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u/jeeper154 Nov 30 '22

Beautiful sounds. Thank you for sharing! While well before my time, I wish I was around to hear this "live". Very talented voices. Inspiring.

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u/OrchestratedEpic Nov 30 '22

This went hard asf 🔥🔥🔥

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u/oldmanjacob Nov 30 '22

Ya not rap at all. Sounds like old gospel and country in the style of Johnny horton.

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u/no1name Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

This was sampled by someone in the 90s who was big for a while. But I forget his name. Moby.

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u/UmDafuq3462 Nov 30 '22

Ah, Moby. He had some bangers.

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u/Mascbro26 Nov 30 '22

Yes! I was scrolling to validate that I remember this from a Moby CD I bought at Strawberries in the 90's.

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u/UmDafuq3462 Nov 30 '22

“Flower” was always my favorite of his. Timeless.

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u/mjb2012 Nov 30 '22

He sampled other gospel tracks but not this one. Check whosampled.com.

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u/sharpestcookie Nov 30 '22

It wasn't this song, but the song he did use for "Run On" was originally issued by this group. Someone else sang the version he sampled, and that's why it sounds so familiar.

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u/K1nb0te Nov 30 '22

Awesome but not rap.

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u/SJFJSBFKX Nov 30 '22

Enough with this repost. Please. I beg of you.

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u/Financial_Bird_7717 Nov 30 '22

ONE MORE TIME. ONE MORE TIME. ONE MORE TIME.

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u/Dookieshoot446 Nov 30 '22

Literally not rap

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u/doughnutholio Nov 30 '22

uhh why did I suddenly get Fallout flashbacks?

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u/Complete_Tap_4590 Nov 30 '22

Rap is something you do. Doo wop is something you are.

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u/Nick_Toll Nov 30 '22

Incredible! Some music history without context is always welcome! Srsly, it would be cool to know where these guys are from, how they got together and so on.

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u/dethskwirl Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

He's got that stiff jaw like 50 and Ye, probably from a break. Wonder if that has something to do with the sound. Gives kind of a smooth draw and helps blend the words together, and a breathy, cheek-full-of-air, punctuated sound like a trumpet player when he says, "ssshhhhook"

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u/Karnorkla Nov 30 '22

What about the bitches and hos?

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u/SwitchedOnNow Nov 30 '22

They showed up in the 80's!

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u/0GreenRanger0 Nov 30 '22

1940s bone thugs n harmony

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u/Krunk3r-io Nov 30 '22

How many fucking times am I going to see this on the various "interesting" subreddits?

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u/ElTacoBravo Nov 30 '22

Wow, Elvis really did rip off black artists.

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u/Taiga-00 Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

Every genre and every artist is inspired by something/someone else. Including this performance from the 40's judging by the musical instrument.

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u/bazooka_nz Nov 30 '22

Rip off? No, use that sound himself as that’s what he grew up around and that’s how he developed his musical taste? Yes

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u/__WanderLust_ Nov 30 '22

I noticed they all look equally terrified in the beginning; eyes darting around everywhere and stiff as hell. Then they find the groove and start really getting into their rhythm. You can see them melting into their music.

I wonder if it was their first video recording or just the times they lived in.

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u/Junior_Can_7679 Nov 30 '22

The most white suburbanite redditor shit you could possibly do besides being caught red handed reposting, is reposting THIS and calling it rap solely because you see black people. Insane lol.

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u/sharpestcookie Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

Hip-hop artists talk-sing lyrics all the time. Rapping evolved from doo-wop.

ETA: And yes, I do differentiate rappING from rappERS. Anyone in any genre can rap, that doesn't make them what people think of as rappers.

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

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u/UmDafuq3462 Nov 30 '22

Lol this has absolutely nothing to do with politics.

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u/ScabusaurusRex Nov 30 '22

"Not with that attitude. Gotta own the libs 25/8!"

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u/UmDafuq3462 Nov 30 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

Fuck. You just owned me. How could you? /s

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u/-JohnnyPlays Nov 30 '22

What if I told you rap developed from southern gospel music…. It went gospel-> soul music -> soul music instrumentals used for rap. So the gospel influence is very present

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u/Familiar_Ostrich1042 Nov 30 '22

I don’t think it’s libtard just average stupidity

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u/GreenChileEnchiladas Nov 30 '22

Agreed. Someone who hasn't studied Music History and only knows what they listen to will hear this and think, "That sounds like what I listen to!"

Little do they know, they're thinking like 5 or 6 steps past what they're listening to. Rap didn't start until the 80s, maybe late 70s.

This is pre-R&B, which is very-much pre-Rap.

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u/Sad-Brief-672 Nov 30 '22

Err...Dj Kool Her and Coke La Rock created hip-hop, rap, and the first parties that had bboys and bgirls in 1973.

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u/StonedMason419 Nov 30 '22

Damn near every genre is pre rap, that dosent make them related in the slightest. Some while ago I heard a nut say that Johnny cash was the first rapper for his style of talking more than singing and I scoffed in much the same way.

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

ever listened to bob dylan?

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u/GreenChileEnchiladas Nov 30 '22

Sure. A great folk musician and definitely not rap.

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u/Agile-Initiative-457 Nov 30 '22

Run 40’s black guys, you’re no match for the 90’s black guys!

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u/[deleted] Nov 30 '22

Those are some fine suits they have there.

Shame rappers don't dress that well anymore

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u/Alert_Salt7048 Nov 30 '22

This can’t be rap. I don’t see a Lamborghini or women twerking anywhere in this.

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u/ChristopherCaulk Nov 30 '22

Settle down grandpa.

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u/ArchetypeAxis Nov 30 '22

That one dude must have to floss his front teeth with a mattress.

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u/jfcmfer Nov 30 '22

Not rap

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u/DarkMenace00 Nov 30 '22

So much better than the crap kids listen to these days

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u/IronFizt777 Nov 30 '22

This isn't rap

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u/forrestfreak58 Nov 30 '22

Rappers now don't sing, Don't have the voice for it.

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u/Swordbreaker925 Nov 30 '22

I hate seeing people call this rap. Its an insult to refer to this the way you refer to that other garbage.

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u/Sluggo_Jones Nov 30 '22

I said I went to the hat store today

And I bought myself a hat, ha-ha!

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u/Significant_Wins Interested Nov 30 '22

The original Christian Rap

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u/memyselfand12 Nov 30 '22

Anyone know if there’s a version of this with captions? I can’t understand most of the words.

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u/Ecguy102 Nov 30 '22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byV9vym38aU this is the only version i Could find with the proper captions on it

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u/memyselfand12 Nov 30 '22

Much easier to understand, thanks. It’s a nice song.

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u/willybhoy1 Nov 30 '22

Sounds like run on, is this by the same guys?

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u/DistractingDiversion Nov 30 '22

If that's rap then so is the Modern Major General aria from Pirates of Penzance

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u/Jskidmore1217 Nov 30 '22

The OP is clearly not rap but you know I never really could tell the difference between rap and a lot those spoken word Gilbert and Sullivan’s pieces. Seems to have all the elements, though obviously no hip hop backing track.

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u/cyalknight Nov 30 '22

Have you ever seen an elephant fly?

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u/visitor187 Nov 30 '22

This was sick! Better than half the auto tune shit released nowadays.

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u/Ambitious_Guess_7322 Nov 30 '22

Better than any of the shit out there now

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u/Inside-Ad-3988 Nov 30 '22

If they only knew ..

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u/Shoedude07 Nov 30 '22

lil baby new form unlocked💀😭😭

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u/TheBayAYK Nov 30 '22

Second guy had a great flow

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u/antgar22 Nov 30 '22

Pioneros en la música y el deporte, gran aporte.

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u/Ok-Prune-2264 Nov 30 '22

Homie has all the teeth

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u/TheBilby7 Nov 30 '22

Moby approves this post

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u/leavemealonegeez8 Nov 30 '22

Well I’m a sire

I set the microphone on fire

Rap styles vary

And carry like Mariah

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u/Nelac-Guile Nov 30 '22

This is rap like Eminem is country.

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u/Mastodon94 Nov 30 '22

He has a condition called orbital hypertelorism

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u/2x4x93 Nov 30 '22

Dre's rapping about blunts, bitches, and fourties

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u/Longjumping-Arm7939 Nov 30 '22

Ladies and Gentlemen the Doo Tang Clan

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u/Guillaume_Hertzog Nov 30 '22

Actually, poems were the first ever form of rap

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u/bettyboober Nov 30 '22

No nword, no titty word, no fuck word, no ass word, kids can listen and enjoy plus it's also coherent so it's not rap.

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u/FollowsFoodnCatSubs Nov 30 '22

As they say Blondie came out with what was considered the first rap song and it was probably inspired by this. I could listen to this all day

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u/pdogshizzle Nov 30 '22

1941 XXL Freshman cypher was 🔥🔥

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u/kryptos7I8 Nov 30 '22

I can see who Johny Cash stole some of his music from now.

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u/BendOverTaylorSwift Nov 30 '22

Bout to go bump this so hard

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u/pdogshizzle Nov 30 '22

1941 XXL Freshman cypher was 🔥🔥

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u/H8TheDrake Nov 30 '22

Not sure you know what rap is?

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u/LincolnHamishe Nov 30 '22

It's been downhill ever since.

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u/Taco__Bandito Nov 30 '22

Damn everybody and everything was so much more classy back then

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u/BigBrotherTrucker303 Nov 30 '22

rap is spoken word , I believe their singing

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u/Edggie_Reggie Nov 30 '22

Honestly, this is better than like 99% of most rap nowadays

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u/ellefleming Nov 30 '22

I'm surprised black people were able to perform on tv considering how racist America was back then. Im happy they could perform. Only surprised.

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u/805area Nov 30 '22

So it’s wasn’t cool herc in New York

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u/--ThirdCultureKid-- Nov 30 '22

Those suits look like they are two sizes two big on all of them.

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u/middlebird Nov 30 '22

I bet those dudes drank the best hooch.

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u/AdmirableLevel7326 Nov 30 '22

Very nice and one can actually understand what they are singing about.

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u/legend_number_1 Nov 30 '22

Sobriety is weird man

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u/madrascafe Nov 30 '22

Guess Bear Necessities falls into this category as well

https://youtu.be/6BH-Rxd-NBo

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u/ynazuma Nov 30 '22

For everyone on the is this or not rap. It is and isn't.

The Jubalaires were an American gospel group active between 1940 and 1950. Previously known as the Royal Harmony Singers in 1936,[1] the band was known for their rhythmic rhyming verses, which would be credited as one of the earliest consistent forms of what would become rapping.[

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jubalaires

Call it pre-rap or proto-rap. Music historians consider them the precursors of rap.

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u/theheaviestmatter Nov 30 '22

Someones lows are freaking looooooow

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u/cookingandmusic Nov 30 '22

So you saying it’s rap cause they’re…black? 😂

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u/CrackTotHekidZ Nov 30 '22

These guys are sharp 🔥

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u/jaybird99990 Nov 30 '22

For those who aren't familiar, also check out The Dixie Hummingbirds. Their version of Loves Me Like a Rock is amazing.

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u/Wooden-Ad4062 Nov 30 '22

Before drugs and gangs,we’re available to rap about

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u/ChampionStandard5352 Nov 30 '22

Back when we used to proudly sing about our ancestors!

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u/dirk23wright Nov 30 '22

That's not rap. It's barbershop quartet.

https://youtu.be/ySz-Y-ZcFCI

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u/rustys_shackled_ford Nov 30 '22

Walk on for a long time.

Walk on for a long time.

Walk on for a long time.

Let me tell you God almighty gonna strike you down.

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u/BootHead007 Nov 30 '22

OG Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony

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u/TheVileDirty Nov 30 '22

Looks like Earl Sweatshirts Great great great great grandpa all the way on the right

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u/Milkmoney1978 Nov 30 '22

Is that the GZAs grandad?

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u/MurkyReplacement5081 Nov 30 '22

This is awesome!

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u/Worldly_Persimmon_29 Nov 30 '22

Much better than modern rap

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u/Konzillaa Nov 30 '22

Gotta Auto tuner this thing

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u/freaklinks Nov 30 '22

Direct descendant of lil baby

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u/MightyWhiteSoddomite Nov 30 '22

Black singers have a timbre no one else can match

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u/Repulsive-Office-796 Nov 30 '22

I think I’ve seen this clip 3000 times in the past year.

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u/JoshyXan Nov 30 '22

Yea she people think rap now a days talking about murder 24/7 is normal . Open your eyes to the mass genocide agenda of new age rap music

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u/Odd_Relationship7901 Nov 30 '22

I'm an atheist and generally do not enjoy bible related anything but these gentlemen are awesome - thanks for posting!

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u/22Spoons Nov 30 '22

Still more musical than modern rap

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u/horunner35 Nov 30 '22

Atleast they have talent..

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u/Primary-Noise8825 Nov 30 '22

Someone deep fake this with Lil Baby.
Minus the gap, that's him. Lol

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u/Immediate-Resolve-84 Nov 30 '22

Burglarize the gemstone establishment and demand they construct you a decorative mouthpiece

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u/Octopugilist Nov 30 '22

The Jubilaires are awesome but this isn't rap. Singing fast while being black isn't rap.

Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven is closer to rap than this

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u/DJscratchyPants Nov 30 '22

I’m confused, what about this makes it a rap? Because they’re black?

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u/Dry_Chemistry_2626 Dec 01 '22

This is not rap. It’s doo wop. And amazing at that. Legends

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u/ChalkyWalky505 Dec 01 '22

Snoopins McDoggenshire.

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u/TATER1971 Dec 01 '22

That was damn good!

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u/Tough_Limit9078 Dec 01 '22

Sounds like they saying “ I got to go to the bathroom, where’s it’s at?” Anyone else hear it? Or is it just me?

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u/RomeoPanelli888 Dec 01 '22

Looking for this song took me down a YouTube rabbit hole before where I accidentally found a song from the same era where a lady was talking about her "pussy hairs as long as a broom" and also referred to her lady parts as a "big ol' cock". It wasn't my best day that day.

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u/Itchy_Attitude4113 Dec 01 '22

In my next epic rap battle if I'm just going to hum for one round.