With a little imagination, Joe Strummer's vocal delivery can be considered "rapping," which would make it the first rap track ever written by a white rock band under this loose interpretation - it was recorded in March 1980, six months before Blondie's own attempt at the genre with "Rapture
Rap was emerging in the New York music scene when The Clash arrived in town to record Sandinista!
, and guitarist Mick Jones really got into the genre, carrying a boombox around and garnering the nickname 'Whack Attack' from his bandmates. "When we came to the US, Mick stumbled upon a music shop in Brooklyn that carried the music of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Sugarhill Gang... these groups were radically changing music and they changed everything for us," noted Strummer.
The Clash so appreciated these rap artists that they had Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five open for them at a New York concert in 1981. Clash fans were not as receptive as the band hoped, and the rappers' set was a disaster, even making our list of the most Incongruent Opening Acts