Snatch and the Poontangs were actually the band of the great R&B bandleader Johnny Otis. In 1969, under a nom de plume that guaranteed the record's exposure would be limited to the underground, they cut a record with sexually explicit and X-rated language that was forward even by the standards of rap music. In that sense, it could be considered a little-discovered antecedent of rap, though the traditions of talking trash and doing the dozens had long been established in the African-American community even in 1969. The music, however, was routine blues-soul-funk-rock, similar to the sounds Otis and his group were recording for the above-ground market in the late 1960s. The album was reissued in 2002 on a single-disc CD that also included the Johnny Otis Show's 1969 album Cold Shot.
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