[Ads-l] Hip/Hep and "Crying Wolof" (for Horn & Sheidlower) (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Mar 14 18:21:06 UTC 2016


> I have absolutely no evidence for the following conjecture, but it is easy to imagine that some musician or music critic (probably but not
> necessarily African-American) decided that here was a new genre of music and it needed a name.  

Is it not fairly well accepted that the name for the music/culture genre "hip hop" comes from the lyrics, phrasings and speech of rappers and DJs active in the proto-hip-hop times of the late 1970s?
(See, for example, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, 1979: "Said a hip hop the hibbit the hippidibby hip hip hoppa you don't stop.")

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