Doctor Rapp

“The reason Hershfield was accepted at Project Blowed, said Caldwell, was that he arrived with an open mind, and he listened and learned. ‘That’s one wonderful thing I like most about black American communities,’ he said. ‘As long as you don’t try to tell them how to do their own culture, you’re good.’ Ever since Dr. Rapp’s days, performers from all races and backgrounds have jumped onstage, added Caldwell. But the moment they stutter or slur, it’s always the same:

‘Please pass the mic.'”

—Jeff Maysh. “How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend: The Story of Dr. Rapp.” The Atlantic. January 16, 2019.