Many writers consider Jack Kerouac one of the best writers of the beat generation and go so far even today to stalk his final resting place in St. Petersburg, Florida just to feel close to him. So it was no surprise that even though the man was born in the 1920's, a recent discovery proved the man was way cool and hip beyond his years.
The discovery in question came about when workers were busy renovating a house Kerouac lived in in Orlando, Florida in the 50's and, upon pulling up the floorboards in the kitchen to put in new floor tiles, stumbled upon one of the most interesting finds yet of Kerouac's work, an unpublished and as yet unknown poem entitled "Get Back Jack, Cut Me Some Slack."
In the poem, Kerouac used what is now referred to as one of the first rap beats to drive home his message that most people reading his writings were hell bent on messing with his head and he'd had enough. After reading Kerouac's words, it was determined that this most definitely had to be the first instance in which the words 'cut me some slack' were used. 'Get back Jack' most say had already been attributed to an obscure English writer from the late 1800's referring to Jack the Ripper and most likely was picked up by Kerouac in an attempt to make his words rhyme.
Although parts of the poem were illegible due to the fact that it had suffered water damage and possible juice stains, some of the poem read as follows:
"Yeah so what if people start talkin' smack,
Just because my name is Jack,
Jack Kerouac to be exact,
Better cut me some slack,
Cause I'm Jack Kerouac."
After studying the recent find, Ski-Doo, a Columbia scholar studying rap and its effects on society had this to say, "After reading this most interesting find, I must say that if Jack Kerouac were alive today, he would most likely give rappers such as Will Smith, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and others a serious run for their money, regardless of his white, middle class American heritage."
The find is still undergoing tests to verify its authenticity and if determined to be authentic, will not only be displayed in Kerouac's museum but will also be sung by Eminem at the next Grammy Awards Ceremony and set rap back about 60 or so years.