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Toasting hip hop – the meaning and origin

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Toasting hip hop is a term used to refer to chanting or talking rhythmically in monotonic melody. This happens over a beat which can be seen as miming although it should not be mistaken as freestyle. Toasting can be composed or improvised.

Where did Toasting originate from

The practice of Toasting first originated from griots (a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician) of Caribbean calypso and mento traditions.

Spread of Toasting

Toasting has seen its usage adopted by African tradition as well as being used in America and Jamaica as well.

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Interestingly, it is toasting that born the act of MCing. This is dominant in American hip hop music and usually called Singjaying when combined with singing.

We have seen the evolving of the word Toasting credited to Count Matchuki who conceived the idea from listening to disc jockeys on American radio stations.

Toasting further influenced the development of The rhythmic rhyming of vocals of African American which later transcended into a dancehall style.

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How is toasting related to rap?

Toasting is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat, so basically raps’ older brother. The genre was developed in Jamaica during the 1960’s at dances taking place in yards or large spaces, called “Blues Dances”.

Conclusion: Researching on the evolvement of music will not be complete if Toasting hip hop is left out. It was, after all, Jamaican-born toaster DJ Kool Herc who brought the style to Queens, subsequently setting off the entire foundation of rap and hiphop music. Suffice it to say that the world of rap and was occassioned by toasting hip hop which traditionally originated from Jamaica.

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