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  1. theprofessor Says:

    Rap was a thing to lily-white boys back in 1980? I don’t even remember noticing it until the mid-80s.

  2. dmf Says:

    Rapper’s Delight was before that, Blondie’s Rapture that year I think so it had crossed over to radio and the like on the east coast, needless to say not a lot of blackface in NYC at the time…

  3. JND Says:


    I was thinking the same thing. I guess it could have happened as dmf says.

  4. TAFKAU Says:

    No, dmf is right. I’m roughly Herring’s age, white, lived on the west coast, and owned Kurtis Blow’s eponymous album. “The Breaks” was a crossover hit, as was “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang The only–ONLY–good thing that could come out of this episode is that Kurtis Blow may finally get his full due as a seminal rapper.

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Out of my depth…

  6. theprofessor Says:

    Well, we were just getting indoor plumbing out in the flyover in 1980, so perhaps this was a coastal deal that had not penetrated to the provinces yet. I don’t remember hearing anything rap-like in college at BU around that time, although admittedly, I was not a partier.

    I’m awaiting the demands to exhume Orson Welles and shoot what’s left of his carcass into space or something for darkening his face in Othello.

  7. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: The Welles thing. LOL.

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