Title: Jack Gibson describes how he took the nickname "The Rapper," how he started his newsletter, and where the term "rappin'" came from
Creator: Smithsonian Productions
Date Created: 1991-04-09
Physical Dimensions: WAV
Transcript: Well, the name Jack "The Rapper" came after I had retired from radio, and I came to Florida to live. To relax. And my wife and I was talking about it. She said that I still had so much dealings with the people involved in radio and in records, that I should come up with some kind of a - something to keep up with them even though I had retired. And so that was when I started my newsletter, which turned into a magazine.
And "rapping" is a word that I used when a brother, or say a young Black in my day would talk to a young sister and talk to her smooth to try to, you know pull her in. That was called "rappin'." That was a smooth way of talkin' to a young lady. I'm layin' a rap on you. And then again, that was the hook, see? Jack "The Rapper."
And so, naturally all the people who know of me now all think that I'm the one that started all of this rap. So they call me the grandfather of the rappers. Well, I guess maybe I am the grandfather, but rappin' was done, was smooth talkin'. That's what rappin' is.
Special collection number: SC 39
Special collection name: Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was