The Scotch Snap is everywhere in modern hip hop - a metrically accented sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note. Why is it everywhere? And where did it come from?
The answer lies in how American speak english.
A Study of Rhythm in London: Is Syllable-timing a Feature of Multicultural London English?
Philip Tagg’s 1 hour documentary on the Scotch Snap!
Another fantastic lecture by Philip Tagg if you want to get into this stuff
Music and the Brain: The Music of Language and the Language of Music
Music-Language Correlations and the “Scotch Snap”
David Bruce Composer: How the way you TALK affects the music you write
PBS Soundfield - How Trap Music Took Over
Les "SCOTCH SNAPS" de Lil Wayne à Purcell [ANALYSE DE MONA LISA]
The Scotch Snap from Strathspey to Rap - Wayne Marshall/wayneandwax
The Origins of Strathspey
Rhythm in the speech and music of jazz and riddim musicians
Perception and acquisition of linguistic rhythm by infants
A Comparison of Rhythm in English Dialects and Music
African Banjo Playing!
EXAMPLES OF SCOTCH SNAP IN HIP HOP/POP (used in this video, there are way, way more)
Soulja Boy - Pretty Boy Swag
Meek Mill - I B On Dat Feat. Nicki Minaj, French Montana & Fabolous
Beyoncé - Drunk in Love
Ariana Grande - 7 Rings
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Childish Gambino - Worldstar
Bazzi - Mine
Lizzo - Juice
Wifisfuneral - It Don’t Matter
Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin - I Like It
Zedd, Marren Moris, Grey - The Middle
J Balvin, William William - Mi Gente
Vybz Kartel - Come Home
Kery James - Mouhammad Alix
SCOTCH SNAP EXAMPLES in Scottish Music
Siobhan Miller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLrIG51x3Jg
Douglas Lawrence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIrZ64-3U8o
Andrea Beaton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYQMncWCbj0
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+silverback gojira Yes. Thanks so much for this video. I've been wondering what that rhythm style of singing/rapping was. i thought i was triplets before that were the music's flow and was in eighth notes, but i didn't even think about the scotch snap.
Bela Fleck made a documentary on the history of the banjo and the African origins. Also, now I hear these Scotch snaps everywhere, thanks to you. I appreciate your knowledge on so many facets of music.
I'd love it if you analyzed major languages and all the different rhythms they produce. Like what rhythms are in Russian music, Japanese music, German music, etc, thanks primarily to how their language flows.
Hold up hold up hold up, you sneak in an interesting topic at the very end. I understand now that the rhythms of our languages influence the music we make, but does it also influence which music we prefer to listen to? Or is that a whole other video?
Hang on...Ariana Grande is Hispanic. I guess in 2019, not even being a MINORITY is enough to get you off the hook when it comes to so-called "cultural appropriation." [Facepalm] I guess all we can do now is wait for the inevitable day when one race tries to claim ownership of the entire concept of language...or breathing.
Really clean video. Interlacing culture, music, language, and your own thoughts, all while leaving a neutral comment on society and what people are getting fired up about is really impressive and interesting. Of course, it can also help put to rest some of the needless and hypocritical quarreling of the internet. Keep it up.
Thank you for making this video! I have a love for languages and am fascinated by their effects on human thought. The problem is, I have no idea where to look for this kind of info or how to make a career out of this passion. Videos like this give me hope that one day I will find these things.
Came to this video already knowing what a Scotch snap was but being pretty unfamiliar with hip hop. It was a really interesting video, although you completely cocked up the pronunciation of strathspey.
i had to look it up, because I was sure it's "Scot's Snap" and not "Scotch Snap", but it looks like I was wrong. I still think it's wrong, based on the old Mike Meyer's bit about his Scottish dad yelling "SCOTCH IS A DRINK!!! SCOTs ARE A PEOPLE!!!"
This is crazy, I've never thought about the rhythm in languages before! My first language was Russian but my most comfortable is English. When I speak Russian it always sounds off to me, even when my American accent is not super prevalent. It's probably because I'm using natural American rhythms in Russian. Wild that I've never attributed that to rhythm when I do slam poetry, lmao. This was so interesting, thank you.
Exceptional video! I felt like I both understood completely and didn't understand at all. . . The concepts were so well explained and yet so obviously deep, I just want to keep watching again to learn more! Thanks for the excellent content 💜
Also, WHO ELSE WOULD ROCK OUT TO A CARDI B X "'TWAS WITHIN A FURLONG" MASHUP?? 😂😂 Unexpected fire 🔥👌
Really interesting video so I feel kind of mean saying this... but I'm pretty sure that's not how 'Strathspey' is supposed to be pronounced:
Interesting theory, but double 16th notes are rhythmically universal around the world. Someone matching vocals to a double 16th note is hardly a link to Scotland. That’s like saying any language that uses “Oh” sound must be linked to English language.
As a Scottish musician, I find the scotch snap to be a very useful rhythm not just Scottish folk music, but is great for creating cool guitar riffs.
Also since I'm Scottish and the scotch snap in America is associated with African American music, does that make me black?
i mean yeah. sure. but the real reason the style became popular is because it's simple to execute. same with the triplet flow. scotch snaps [or the stutter flow] gives lots of break time to think/breathe/pause and the triplet flow allows you to sound like you're more skilled at rapping quickly than you actually are.
Okay, I went to high school in Scotland where we had to learn all about this in our music classes :') This is forever burned into my memories:
"A strathspey's a Scot∙tish dance with lots of dotted rhy∙thms,
And the Scotch snap's the spe∙cial thing that helps you recognise it"
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