Sorry to disagree with you WytZox1, but neither “Convoy” nor Kookie were among the 1st “Rap” songs. The style goes all the way bacck to the 1920’s & 30’s.Hillbilly/Folkie artists like Woody Guthrie used to do something called “the talkin’ blues”. It was spoken lyrics set to a musical background.Many artists in many different genres continued this style into the 50’s & 60’s. Wink Martindale (yes the 60’s game show host) had a top 40 hit with a talk-song called “Deck of Cards” which was a remake of an earlier song about a wartime G.I. who was reprimanded for using a deck of playing cards during a church service.He goes on to explain that he uses the cards as a substitute for his lost bible. Even Lorne Greene (yes, Ben Cartright of Bonanza fame) had a talk/song in the early 60’s called “Ringo” about an old west outlaw(not the Beatle).Rap has been around for a very long time in one form or another.