The First Rap Battle of the ’70s: Neutrogene Rapid Clear’s ‘Rap Battle’
In 1969, Neutrosa Rapid Clear recorded the hit single “Rap Battle.”
The song quickly became a hit in the underground rock scene and spawned a number of hit singles, including “Rock and Rolla,” “Rip It,” “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and “Ain’t Nobody.”
It’s still one of the most recognizable rap battles songs, with rap legend Jay-Z, producer Kanye West, and singer-songwriter Toni Braxton among its many stars.
“Rap battle” is the original phrase in rap music, and it’s still a popular word in rap today.
In this episode of “Rap Battles,” we hear from a group of researchers who study the origins of rap battles.
Learn more about how rap battle started, what it means to be a rap battle participant, and how they were able to find the origin of the phrase.
For more information about the origins and history of rap battle, read our interview with the authors.
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