May 5, 2010 1:38 PM Subscribe
When did the word "what?" first appear as a repeated lyric in rap songs?
posted by smilingtiger to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I like listening to rap music, and particularly enjoy the call-and-response style which tends to include the lyric "what?" a lot. The earliest instance of this that I've heard is in the song "It's Like That" by Run DMC, but I'm not a rap historian by any means. When did it first appear? Does it pre-date rap, to earlier call-and-response styles?