Where Did Rap Originate?

Rapping, which refers to emceeing or rhyming using spoken words and chants has been around for a long time. Believe it or not, the word rap actually predates the musical reference. Since the 16th century this word, which refers to quick speech, was used in Britain. Beginning as early as the 1960’s it has been present in the African American speech and is/was used to mean ‘to converse.’ You can find more information here: