Marky Mangold and the Funky Bunch
Date: December 07, 2000 01:01AM
Not for a minute am I going to lay claim to the notion that Mark Mangold was the progenitor of rap. But I just think it's interesting what Mark (as per Don Wishdon) said in reply: "It was indeed written and recorded in the late '60's. The people at Columbia Records... said WHAT IS THAT, you can't do that, you can't talk over a drum beat. Of course, rap happened about 10 or 15 years later."
There is no turntablist scratchings, phat beats, mad dubs or Stereolab-style drum loops. Hell, Mark doesn't even mention a "sucker MC"! "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool" is as basic a rap as you'll hear, with the possible exception of that ridiculous "City of Crime" rap that Tom Hanks and Dan Ackroyd did on the "Dragnet" soundtrack! It's just a drum beat and Mark's voice joined by a piano mid-track. But it's rap in a very primitive form.
As far as your claims that there were some medieval Coolios bustin' rhyme to Beowulf, I figure that's two parts jest to one part conjecture, right? Not to come across as pejorative or anything, but rap IS a fairly simplistic genre. A caveman who was making rhythmic grunts could have dragged his knuckles past another neandrethal who was banging a wooly mammoth tusk against a rock, and voila!, the birth of rap. (Mind you, the "bee-yotch" and "mutherfuck da po-leese" were later innovations that would have to wait some 2.2 million years for Snoop Dogg and Ice "Motherfuckin" T respectively!)
NP: New England "Explorer Suite"