I pretty much missed the earliest wave of rap music. Sure, it was something that I read about, but it goes without saying that it wasn’t in heavy rotation on any of the radio stations that I was listening to in Fresno in the early 1980s.
So what little rap I heard was through cultural osmosis — maybe the late-night video shows, or going up and down the radio dial. I actually do have a memory of stumbling across “Rapper’s Delight” on the radio in my car and not really comprehending it, even though at the same time I knew exactly what it was. What else could it be?