The roots of hip hop are complex. But there’s no denying that, with “The Message,” Grandmaster Flash really put it on the map.
In looking at rap music origins, a song from 1972 by Italian singer Adriano Celentano has some familiar sounds. Listen for yourself.
The genius of Brian Wilson is far from the first thing you think of when you think of rap and hip-hop. But yes, he gave it a shot.