“Hip Hop started in our day,”

declared Henry Belcher in our StoryBooth a few days ago. “What do you mean?” exclaimed his friend Major Mason III. Mr Belcher, it appears, was a professional “rappin’ and tappin’” dancer and to illustrate this, the gentlemen rapped a little for his friend. He also explained some of the routines he used to do as a member of the Six Sensational Sizzling Shoes and the Dancing Demons. Mr Belcher, a native of South Carolina where he grew up picking cotton, moved to Pittsburgh, PA, during the Great Migration. After years of “rappin’ and tappin’” around the country, from New York’s Apollo theatre to St Louis’ Plantation club, he finally returned here to settle down.

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