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Old 11-09-2002, 07:48 AM
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Was Blondie's 'Rapture' the first fem rap?

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Old 11-09-2002, 09:51 AM
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More than that. Blondie's "Rapture" was the FIRST rap song. Of sorts. Though rap had begun developing in the Seventies, it had yet to gain any corporate acceptance. "Rapture" was the first commercially released rap single. So everone frum Public Enemy to Tupac to Eminem and Sean Combs owes their careers to Debbie Harry. That's right, I said it.
Old 11-09-2002, 10:14 AM
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I thought many people agreed that "Rappers Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang was the first popular rap song.
Old 11-09-2002, 10:28 AM
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Rapture was the first "rap" song to break the top 40.
The story goes that "Rappers Delight" was the first commercially produced single, but I have read some articles lately disputing that. If some small record label in NYC released 250 copies of a rap song, does that make it the first single produced?

Maybe you could say that "Rappers Delight" was the first mass produced single, but still, I'm guessing that is one of those facts you could never actually prove.
Old 11-09-2002, 12:34 PM
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Well, http://allmusic.com says Rapper's Delight was released in '79, while Blondie came along a year later. I bought my copy of Rapper's Delight in a local record shop in Sweden, when it was new, so that stuff about small release is just crap. Especially since it sold 8 million copies.
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Old 11-09-2002, 01:32 PM
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"Rapper's Delight" entered the Top 40 on 11/10/79 and peaked at #36 and is listed as the first "rap" record to make the Hot 100.

"Rapture" entered the chart on 1/31/81 and peaked at #1. Technically is could be considered to be the first rap record performed by a woman (if you ignore the five men in her band) to hit the Hot 100. I have no access to the R&B charts.

Info from Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1996 8th Edition.
Old 11-09-2002, 03:39 PM
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If by "fem rap", you mean a spoken-word monologue to a musical background, performed by a female artist, I think that distinction goes to Judy Garland, with "You Made Me Love You," where she begins declaring her undying love to a photograph of Cary Grant.

Otherwise, it might well be Blondie.
Old 11-10-2002, 09:27 AM
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a spoken-word monologue to a musical background
that ain't rap.
Old 11-10-2002, 01:36 PM
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Followup question: What/when was the next #1 rap song (Hot 100, either gender)?
Old 11-10-2002, 02:10 PM
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The next #1 rap song in Billboard's Hot 100 was the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". It arrived there on 10 May 1986, and stayed one week.

The next after that was "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C & C Music Factory Featuring Freedom Williams. It arrived at #1 on 9 February 1991 and stayed two weeks.

In both cases, the verses were rapped, the choruses sung.
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In both cases, the verses were rapped, the choruses sung.
There was a large bit of regular singing in Rapture (much more than a chorus), but that rapped bit about the car-eating man from Mars is pretty long, too.
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Thanks, Walloon. I guessed it was a longish time.
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