Is Bob Dylan the Godfather of Hip-Hop?

Written by Rizoh. Posted in WTF

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Published on March 30, 2010 with 8 Comments

Hey kids, guess what? Bob Dylan may be the godfather of hip-hop. Stop shaking your head, I’m trying to have a serious discussion here. After reading a Rolling Stone article which makes this ridiculous claim, while pointing to “Subterranean Homesick Blues” as possibly the first rap song ever, I checked my calendar to see if it’s April 1st. Unless RS has decided to run its April Fool’s Day joke 2 days early, this is a bizarre case of historical revisionism.

Sure, Dylan and hip-hop share plenty in common but he’s definitely not the godfather of hip-hop. I can give you 10 reasons and 20 other names that influenced hip-hop’s conception, but I won’t. That sort of response would engender is exactly why people write these contrived articles, so I won’t take the bait this time. Either way, you should read it. It’s thoroughly entertaining.

TRU

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  1. Another attempt by an obviously white perspective trying to lay claim to something minorities worked hard over so many years to cultivate and nurture.

    We don’t believe them, they need WAY more ppl.

  2. Another attempt by an obviously white perspective trying to lay claim to something minorities worked hard over so many years to cultivate and nurture.

    We don’t believe them, they need WAY more ppl.

  3. fair point riz, but did it not say ‘godfather’ not father?

    You are right in saying there’s a plethora of artists responsible for it’s conceptions, but would that not mean they are the (fore)fathers? I haven’t read the article yet, so obviously my view is skewed. But wouldn’t suggesting someone is the godfather mean a completely different role and relation than father…discuss

  4. fair point riz, but did it not say ‘godfather’ not father?

    You are right in saying there’s a plethora of artists responsible for it’s conceptions, but would that not mean they are the (fore)fathers? I haven’t read the article yet, so obviously my view is skewed. But wouldn’t suggesting someone is the godfather mean a completely different role and relation than father…discuss

  5. No Suo.

  6. No Suo.

  7. Didn’t one of these motherfuckers say Lil Wayne was the Bob Dylan of our time. And now he can’t be considered a godfather? Go fuck yourself, contradicting cocksuckers. Bob Dylan’s lyricism is definitely an influence on hip hop. Listen to Talib Kwali or an Eminem. not Dylan’s musical sound, James Brown gets that nod, but definitely lyrics. Motherfucker was the illest MC to roc a mic.

  8. Didn’t one of these motherfuckers say Lil Wayne was the Bob Dylan of our time. And now he can’t be considered a godfather? Go fuck yourself, contradicting cocksuckers. Bob Dylan’s lyricism is definitely an influence on hip hop. Listen to Talib Kwali or an Eminem. not Dylan’s musical sound, James Brown gets that nod, but definitely lyrics. Motherfucker was the illest MC to roc a mic.

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