Although these probably did not have a direct influence on rap's development in the African-American cultural sphere, they paved the way for acceptance of spoken word music in the media market.
With the decline of disco in the early 1980's rap became a new form of expression.
Williams explains how Rap composers and DJ's opposed the heavily orchestrated and ritzy multi-tracks of Disco for "break beats" which were created from compiling different records from numerous genres and did not require the equipment from professional recording studios.
Professional studios were not necessary therefore opening the production of rap to the youth who as Williams explains felt "locked out" because of the capital needed to produce Disco records.
Grammy-winning blues musician/historian Elijah Wald and others have argued that the blues were being rapped as early as the 1920s.
Jazz, which developed from the blues and other African-American and European musical traditions and originated around the beginning of the 20th century, has also influenced hip hop and has been cited as a precursor of hip hop.
Comedian Rudy Ray Moore released under the counter albums in the 1960s and 1970s such as This Pussy Belongs To Me (1970), which contained "raunchy, sexually explicit rhymes that often had to do with pimps, prostitutes, players, and hustlers", Van Peebles also said that he was influenced by older forms of African-American music: "...
people like Blind Lemon Jefferson and the field hollers.
Such connections have been acknowledged by many modern artists, modern day "griots", spoken word artists, mainstream news sources, and academics., and later by some whites, in the Mississippi Delta region of the United States around the time of the Emancipation Proclamation.Semi-spoken music has long been especially popular in British entertainment, and such examples as David Croft's theme to the 1970s' sitcom Are You Being Served? In classical music, semi-spoken music was popular stylized by composer Arnold Schoenberg as Sprechstimme, and famously used in Ernst Toch's 1924 Geographical Fugue for spoken chorus and the final scene in Darius Milhaud's 1915 ballet Les Choéphores.In the French chanson field, irrigated by a strong poetry tradition, such singer-songwriters as Léo Ferré or Serge Gainsbourg made their own use of spoken word over rock or symphonic music from the very beginning of the 1970s.Boxer Muhammad Ali anticipated elements of rap, often using rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, both for when he was trash talking in boxing and as political poetry for his activism outside of boxing, paving the way for The Last Poets in 1968, Gil Scott-Heron in 1970, and the emergence of rap music in the 1970s.Precursors also exist in non-African/African-American traditions, especially in vaudeville and musical theater.Glenn Miller's "The Lady's in Love with You" and "The Little Man Who Wasn't There" (both 1939), each contain distinctly rap-like sequences set to a driving beat as does the 1937 song "Doin' the Jive".In musical theater, the term "vamp" is identical to its meaning in jazz, gospel, and funk, and it fulfills the same function.George's body was transported by the fire department and pronounced dead later at the hospital.The publication claims that there was no foul play involved with George's passing, but coroners are currently investigating.Famous rapper The Game - real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor - lost his father on Wednesday.The 38-year-old's family found George Taylor's body unresponsive in his home in Apple Valley, California, according to TMZ, which said the passing was 'unexpected.'Taylor passed away at age 65 in his sleep, the website adds.