September 19, 2004

The Origins of Izzle

From the International Herald Tribune, comes this interesting articizzle about Snoop Dogg's now-famous rhyme-enabling suffix, "izzle". (Substitute it for the ending of any word and - hey presto! - instant hip-hop doggerel.) The writer traces its origin back to the use of infixed and suffixed nonsense syllables in early San Fran hip hop... Go back a little further, though, and you will find the godfather of all this lyrical tomfoolery, jazz musician Slim Gaillard. Back in the 1930's, Gaillard created his on jive dialect called "vout", which was peppered with silly suffixes and made-up nonsense words like "oroonie", "oreenie" and "floy floy". A mild version of Gaillard's "vouting" can be heard in this mp3 of Bassology, which has been posted on UbuWeb. For a more comprehensive selection, go to Vooty Radio, which streams non-stop Gaillard.

Posted by Warren at September 19, 2004 03:22 AM | Hip Hop