Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Race To Make The First Rap Records Begins

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  1. This counteracted the “Reagan-black-president” post perfectly. I look forward to these every week!

  2. Nice.  We had “Personality Jock/King Tim III” at my store for a while.  it was cool, but not super-dope like we were hoping. 
    I’ve commented on this before when Ms. Robinson’s obit was posted, but to this day it blows my mind that she was the one singing “Oh, loverboy!” etc on “Love is Strange” (most famous from Dirty Dancing, you know the one.)

  3. I’d love to see this taken one step further back, to the late sixties and the Black Power movement, The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron should not be overlooked, they were most definitely rapping.  Bongos aside, the topics and delivery were the template for bands like Public Enemy.

  4. Love this series! Ed may want to kill me but…. Is it possible we could see a sample page without the “old comic paper” tone on the borders and between panels? While I think it might lend a Leonardo-esque sfumato of depth to the panels themselves I would like to see the white for contrast. I’m thinking especially of the large mis-registered-for-effect panel of The Mighty Sasquatch.

    1. The pages were drawn with the idea that they’d be in color, so I feel like the original drawings look unfinished and lame. Especially, the Sasquatch panel, because I knew it had to be a simple drawing to be able to read with the off- register layers. That said, here’s a B&W image from this weeks strip, if you’re curious.

      1.  I think it looks great! The line work is strong, doesn’t look lame to me at all, I’m assuming that’s brush for the black and white.  Thanks.

        1. Crowquills, Micron pens, brushes, and photoshop. Do you go to San Diego Comic Con? I’m going to have some of this stuff in an art show that weekend.

          1.  I’m close to NYC.  Please let everyone in this area know when you are in the northeast. Great work!

  5. And so begins the debate over WHO actually put out the first “rap” record, the Fatback Band or Sugarhill gang.

    Personally I tend to go even farther into the past, and say it’s a toss-up between Pigmeat Markham’s “Here Come De Judge” and Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John.”

    1.  We could take it all the way back to the 30’s if I’m not careful. The comic is less a linear history of rap, than it is an examination of the direct relationships that built upon each other to create a global phenomenon in just a few years. Kool Herc was the most logical place for me to start with this idea in mind.

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