Started by Guybrush, Feb 15, 2023, 06:34 PM
Quote from: Guybrush on Mar 16, 2023, 07:44 AMSo Rapper's Delight is the longest song I know. I don't mind the sound of it, but why doesn't it ever end?
Quote from: Lady of Synth on Mar 16, 2023, 10:23 AMYou must not listen to prog rock then, haha.In the case of Rapper's Delight, I believe it's that long partly because it's meant to imitate the tradition of a group of MCs passing the mic at a party. That song was one of the first commercially released rap songs, but the genre itself had been around for a few years as a live phenomenon that DJs and MCs in NYC did at block parties. Those party jams would last for a lot longer than a 3 minute radio single, so the record is probably constructed to emulate that.In addition, a lot of 12 inch club music records have extended runtimes to allow the DJ to have ample time to cue up the record and transition it into and out of their set.I would say the precise reason for Rapper's Delight being that long likely lies somewhere in between those two facts.