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One leader would call out a certain part of a song and the rest of the slaves would answer with the next line.
In modern times performing artists call this emceeing or crowd participation.
The first rap song to get commercially released was “King Tim III (Personality Jock)” by the Fatback Band.
However this song was pushed to the b-side of the tape but after getting a huge response from the clubs it was later released on the a-side and became a top 30 hit on r&b charts.
One way they would cope with the tremendous amount of pain & heartbreak of slavery would be to sing.
One night during DJ Kool Herc’s set he tried something new he called “merry go round”.
Thousands of years ago in Africa “griots”, where village story tellers who played basic handmade instruments while they told stories of their family and local current events.
This style of talking while music is playing is rap music as we know it at its root form.
In the winter of that same year a rap group emerged called Sugar Hill Gang comprised of Englewood, New Jersey natives Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien. This song was over 14 minutes long and used the “Good Times by Chic” sample in the background.
Rappers Delight went on to achieve the top 40 billboard spot in 1980. What record companies thought was just a fad rapidly grew into the most popular music genre of this decade.