Ramses II the Rapper

Ramses the Rapper“And this is how I whooped those Hittite player-haters at Kadesh!” Ramses II would totally say as a preface to a rap about his (self-declared) awesomeness. That is, if hip-hop went back to those ancient times.

Actually some Egyptological scholars have suggested that ancient Egyptian music really would have sounded like a prototype to rap, complete with an emphasis on percussion. Most scholars trace the current hip-hop tradition to West African traditions of singing poets, but who knows, maybe those in turn shared common origins with Egyptian music.

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