The first rap quartet 'The Jubalaires' consisted of Orville Brooks, Ted Brooks, Caleb Ginyard, George McFadden, and later on Willie Johnson. They were all active primarily through the 1940s and 50s and sang American Folk and Gospel Spirituals. The four-piece would harmonize together in what was known as the jubilee style of singing, and would often incorporate rhythmic speaking or singing in their verses (rap).

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