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MC, Master of Ceremonies

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A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee) is the host of a staged event or other performance. The MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the show moving. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC [Apr 2006]

In hip hop

In the 1970s and 1980s, the term MC (short for Master of Ceremonies, and sometimes misrendered emcee) was generally associated with what is now called rapping in hip-hop music. MC has also sometimes been reported to stand for Microphone Controller, but this appears to be a backronym. This uncertainty over the letters' expansion may however be evidence to the ubiquitousness of the acronym: the full Master of Ceremonies is very rarely (if ever) used in the rap scene.

The said confusion prompted the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest to include this statement on their Midnight Marauders album (1993): "The title "MC" means "Master of Ceremonies". Some people who MC don't know what this term means." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC [Jul 2004]

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