What a great album cover. This is Exhibit A for why I do what I do here. The bonus is - it's also some pretty cool music and I get to learn things. Like that Johnny Guitar Watson invented rap music, or at least was the first to speak rhyming words over a bed of music. This is A Real Mother For Ya, by Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935 – 1996), he was an American blues and funk guitarist and singer. "A flamboyant showman and guitar picker in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950s and 1960s with some success. His raunchy reinvention in the 1970s with disco and funk overtones, saw Watson have hits with "Ain't That a Bitch", "I Need It" and "Superman Lover." His successful recording career spanned forty years, with his biggest hit being the 1977 "A Real Mother For Ya." And - he may have invented rap. In a 1994 interview with David Ritz for liner notes to The Funk Anthology, Watson was asked if his 1980 song "Telephone Bill" was a document-able precursor to what would become rap music. "Anticipated,?" Watson replied. "I damn well invented it! And I wasn't the only one. Talking rhyming lyrics to a groove is something you'd hear in the clubs everywhere from Macon to Memphis. Man, talking has always been the name of the game. When I sing, I'm talking in melody. When I play, I'm talking with my guitar. I may be talking trash, baby, but I'm talking," JGW.