Monday, December 29, 2008

So that explains the whole "MC" thing...

Some egghead has apparently determined that the roots of rap music can be found in...Scotland?
Professor Ferenc Szasz of the University of New Mexico said modern rap, which was developed by African-American youths in New York's Bronx borough, descended from the Scottish practice of "flyting," which involved the trading of elaborate rhyming insults, The Sun reported Monday.

Szasz said his research found Scottish colonialists in the United States taught flyting to slaves on plantations in the South.
The article does not mention whether or not there is evidence of ancient Scottish DJs scratching bagpipe records, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before that's found.

Anyway, below you can see an example of ancient Scottish "flyting," which involves the trading of elaborate rhyming insults...

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