Keeping it real (1975?)
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KEEPING IT REAL
Ben Zimmer adds:
I believe the hiphop exhortation to "keep it real" emerged in the early
'90s and became widespread by mid-decade. The rapper Apache of the Flavor
Unit MCs had a song called "Keep It Real" in '93, and Kool Moe Dee had a
song with the same title the following year.
These cites from Nexis and Proquest suggest that "keep it real" may have
already been in use by black entertainers c. '91-'92, though the phrase
hadn't necessarily become a fixed idiom yet:
Bill Mullins writes:
>From the 1970's, if not earlier:
"It's been real, and it's been fun, but it hasn't been real fun."
John Lee; Gerry Brown
Sound Recording : Music : Jazz : LP recording 1 sound disc (37 min.) : 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ; 12 in.
Los Angeles : Blue Note,
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Author(s):Lee, John, 1952- ; Brown, Gerry,; ca. 1951- ; (Performer - prf)
Publication:Los Angeles :; Blue Note,
Description:1 sound disc (37 min.) :; 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ;; 12 in.
Standard No:Publisher: BN-LA541-G; Blue Note
Contents:Mango sunrise -- Breakfast of champions -- Keep it real --Ethereal cereal -- The stop and go -- Her celestial body -- Pickin' the bone --Magnum opus -- Haida.
Descriptor:Jazz -- 1971-1980.
Note(s):Participants: For jazz ensemble; John Lee (the composer), bass ; Gerry Brown, drums and other percussion ; and others./ Recorded in Holland, Belgium, and New York City, June-July 1975.
Other Titles:Breakfast of champions.; Keep it real.; Ethereal cereal.; Stop and go.; Her celestial body.; Pickin' the bone.; Magnum opus.; Haida.
Responsibility:John Lee and Gerry Brown.
Material Type:Musical recording (msr); LP recording (lps)
Document Type:Sound Recording
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