I said a hip, hop, the hippie - the hippie
To the hip hip-hop, and you don't stop
The rock it to the bang-bang, boogie say "up jump"
The boogie to the rhythm of the boogie: the beat

from Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper's Delight Lyrics on Rap Genius


The beat is the bass line from Chic’s “Good Times,” the lyrics may be a callback to Jack Kerouac’s koan “and everything is going to the Beat.” The hook pays homage to the styling of Philadelphias' Jocko Henderson, adapting a jazz style of scat singing.

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