Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This video finally answers the question. (via HowStuffWorks)
Prisencolinensinainciusol, which was released internationally as a single – see Billboard – imitates very accurately the sound of the Afro-American influenced English of US pop songs of the era. Despite the weirdness, it’s being acclaimed as proto-rap, having come out several years before rap as a genre became formally known with the 1979 release of the Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight (itself the phonetic origin of the refrain of the Ketchup Song.