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And the First Person to Ever Use the Phrase ‘Rock the Mic’ Is ...

Melle Mel, of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, who rhymed it with "like white on rice / I ... " during a December 23, 1978 show at Washington Height's Audubon Ballroom. That is, according to the New York Times Magazine's random, but appreciated investigation into the matter from this weekend that uncovered a bootleg live tape from the Audubon Ballroom show and proved conclusively that Big Bank Hank — who was previously thought to be first with "rock the mic" when he used the phrase on "Rapper's Delight" — is not quite the pioneer he was thought to be. Sorry, Big Bank Hank! [NYT Magazine]

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