Looking for a proto-Hip Hop piece

Some years ago, I stumbled upon an interesting video of a comedy skit which was very close to early Hip Hop from about 1980, but actually was from the late sixties/early seventies. I’m quite sure that it pictured a trial, with the guy doing the rapping embodying judge soandso. It was somewhere cited as an example of pre-Hip Hop, but I can’t find it now.

I’m counting on you, guys and gals.

Was it Dewey ‘Pigmeat’ Markham, “Here Comes the Judge”?

Video on Youtube

Didn’t find a video, but is this the song?

Don’t forget Bull and the MAtadors

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Didn’t find a video, but is this the song?


This seems to ring a bell, but unfortunately the first video is only 13 seconds, and the second is “not available in my country”. I’ll look into it.

Here’s another version - Pigmeat Markham - Here Comes the Judge

Found this. Yeah, that’s it (Here comes the Judge). Thanks.

Edit: cstamets was faster.

Looking into it further, Pigmeat was on the Ed Sullivan show, and he, Sammy Davis, Jr. , and Flip Wilson all performed the skit or variations on Laugh-In (which is where I was remembering it from). Might have been any of those you saw, but I can’t find a video online.

It’s ok, I don’t have to find the original video I saw, I was merely looking for the song. Btw., that was Sammy Davis Jr. in the video xnylder linked to, wasn’t it?

It was.

Thought so, but he had a funny hairdo. :slight_smile:

True. I forgot that Sammy Davis Jr. incorporated some of Pigmeat’s act into his own.

Was this skit stylistically unique for those times, or were there more examples of “Hip Hop” done then?

Whose birthday it happens to be today–born in 1904.

I always thought that this 1968 track by Eric Burdon & the Animals sounded remarkably close to the rap of 20 years later.

Wow, great track I’d never heard before; and from Eric Burdon, of all people, the guy who wanted so hard to be black.