Rap Music Has Scottish Roots

Monday, December 29, 2008
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Professor Ferenc Szasz argued that so-called rap battles, where two or more performers trade elaborate insults, derive from the ancient Caledonian art of “flyting”.

According to the theory, Scottish slave owners took the tradition with them to the United States, where it was adopted and developed by slaves, emerging many years later as rap.

This professor considers rap music to be a form of “verbal jousting.”

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