Slainte gu sorraidh! Now, as I roll down Lafayette St. in my (imaginary) car, I no longer have to turn the volume down on my Best of Deathrow Vol. 1 when I pass a grip of African American youths. Why? Because the Scottish invented rap, dummy! Specifically, rap battling. The Telegraph reports that:
Professor Szasz is convinced there is a clear link between this tradition for settling scores in Scotland and rap battles, which were famously portrayed in Eminem’s 2002 movie 8 Mile.
He said: “The Scots have a lengthy tradition of flyting – intense verbal jousting, often laced with vulgarity, that is similar to the dozens that one finds among contemporary inner-city African-American youth.
According to the theory, Scottish slave owners took the tradition with them to the United States, where it was adopted and developed by slaves, emerging many years later as rap.
Rock n Roll, check. Jazz, check. Rap, check. Ever seen a freckled back? It’s no trip to Cleveland.