Originally posted by Santana St. Cloud:
Originally posted by Fagunwa:
I thought King Tim III by the Fatback band was the first one?
This is what I've always thought, too.
I don't think I've ever heard it, though.
Well, then here ya go! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcTP4cvXSP0
But King Tim III was the first rap song ever, though. Rap as an established genre of music hadn't been established yet. So Fagunwa is probably right, this is really a soul or funk track that features a rapper as the lead vocalist.
But after hip hop/rap became established as a form of music in its own right, what was the first song that fused it with r&b? "Double Dutch Bus"? What about "Unity" by Afrika Bamabaataa & James Brown? Or "Sex Machine" by the Fat Boys & James Brown? Of these, I think the King Holiday song was the truest fusion of pure r&b with hip-hop.
Fagunwa, thanks for inspiring me to go dig up that Fatback Band joint...