I remember when rap was young.

One of the first songs to truly feature a rap was “Rapture” by Blondie.  And the lyrics are, well, not typical of the rap we now know:

Fab Five Freddie told me everybody’s high
DJ’s spinnin’ are savin’ my mind
Flash is fast, Flash is cool
Francois sez fas, Flashe’ no do
And you don’t stop, sure shot
Go out to the parking lot
And you get in your car and you drive real far
And you drive all night and then you see a light
And it comes right down and lands on the ground
And out comes a man from Mars
And you try to run but he’s got a gun
And he shoots you dead and he eats your head
And then you’re in the man from Mars
You go out at night, eatin’ cars
You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too
Mercurys and Subarus
And you don’t stop, you keep on eatin’ cars
Then, when there’s no more cars
You go out at night and eat up bars where the people meet
Face to face, dance cheek to cheek
One to one, man to man
Dance toe to toe
Don’t move too slow, ’cause the man from Mars
Is through with cars, he’s eatin’ bars
Yeah, wall to wall, door to door, hall to hall
He’s gonna eat ’em all
Rapture, be pure
Take a tour, through the sewer
Don’t strain your brain, paint a train
You’ll be singin’ in the rain
I said don’t stop, do punk rock

It’s quite interesting how we go from “man from mars, eating cars” to ” Next thing you know Shawty got low low low low low low low low”.

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7 responses to “I remember when rap was young.

  1. Thanks for posting those lyrics. I never really understood them before.

  2. Released in the same year (two years later in the US) was “Der Kommissar” by Falco

  3. You understand them? You’ll have to share – I’m still stuck on “now you’re in the man from mars”.

  4. Razz – Falco of “Rock me Amadeus” fame? I couldn’t find that song listed under them in iTunes, but I did see it for a group called “After the Fire”.

  5. Ahh, After the Fire covered it in english in 83. And they were both preceded by Sugar Hill Gang, obviously.

    From wikipedia:
    “Rapper’s Delight” was a #36 hit on the US pop chart and a #4 hit on the US R&B chart in 1979, though hip hop was dismissed as a fad.

    Some claim that “Rapper’s Delight” is the first hip hop single ever, but it was actually preceded by “King Tim” by the Fatback Band. The Sugarhill Gang’s place in music history seems secure as the first hip hop group to have a gold single.

  6. and see.. Blondie’s rap always embarrassed me.

  7. I was always a fan of “Rapture” too, but I grew enamoured of this post not because if it’s central topic, but because you managed to combine my two guilty music pleasure in the same title: Elton John AND rap music. Sigh. I’m in love.

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