Say Man

Album: The Legendary Bo Diddley (1959)
Charted: 20

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Bo Diddley exchanging insults with his maracas player Jerome Green. It originated when they were mucking about in the studio.
  • Both this song and "Say Man, Back Again" have been connected with rap, but actually feature the African-American insult humor known as the Dozens.
  • Speaking with Bo Diddley in a May 2005 interview with Uncut magazine the comment was made that this was in a round about way, one of the first rap records. He responded: "Uhuh. But it wasn't called rap, it was called signifyin." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    DeeTheWriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation

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