December 29, 2008
Researcher: Rap’s roots in Scotland
A New Mexico researcher says the rap music that emerged from New York in the 1970s had its roots in a medieval Scottish tradition.
Professor Ferenc Szasz of the University of New Mexico said modern rap, which was developed by African-American youths in New York's Bronx borough, descended from the Scottish practice of
flyting, which involved the trading of elaborate rhyming insults, The Sun reported Monday.
The Scots have a lengthy tradition of intense verbal jousting that is often laced with vulgarity. It's similar to music found among inner-city African-American youth, Szasz said.
Both cultures accord high marks to satire.