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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."

(Note the use of MC as a verb.)

Other, unrelated meanings