Because of Disco, I Still Love Rap Music
For anyone who was fortunate enough to turn legal during the disco era, it was great fun! There were so many clubs to go to. Tin Pan Alley and The Palace were my favorite weekend hangouts. We would go to one on Friday night and the other one on Saturday night. The floors flashed to the beat of the music. We danced the night away and never left before last call. Although I barely got to experience disco, I managed to squeak in the last year or so before it faded out of existence. What a time we had! The music was great! Also, one of my favorite songs was born during that time. “Rapper’s Delight”
by Sugar Hill Gang. It was released in September 1979 and was a whopping 14 minutes long. My friends and I danced through every moment of it. I still love it and will dance every time I hear it! Also, Best. Lyrics. Ever! Although it wasn’t the first rap song, it was the most defining to me because it was the beginning of my love of rap music. Just for a little rap trivia, The Fatback Band
had the first rap song released, but because everyone thought that rap was just a flash in the pan and no one thought it would become mainstream, it was on the B-side. Once it became popular, it was switched to the A-side. For all you young folks out there, back in the day we bought records (vinyl) with music on both sides. The most popular song was labeled the “A” side and the less popular was the “B” side. Fast-forward too many years to feel comfortable and I still love rap. There are many rappers on my play list that I enjoy but my favorites are LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Drake (before auto-tune, although I still have his latest album), Nicki Minaj and Eminem. Music has always been a part of my life. I do everything to the beat of music. I clean the house, I drive my car and I exercise to rap. There’s just something about it that energizes me and keeps me going. Once I plug in, cleaning and workouts are a breeze. Do I get made fun of because I love rap music? Absolutely! Do I care? No. Many years down the road you may see me walking along with my cane, but you can bet I’ll still be rocking my ear buds listening to my favorite rap artists. Music doesn’t have an age limit, and I refuse to be limited in any of my musical choices because of the number of years I’ve lived.