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.