Damn, Mae West, umm, I mean "Leticia Van Allen" was looking good for 77, and she may have been the original rapper, huh?
She really never sang as it was more of a melodic spoken word kind of sing song. Like Rex Harrison or Fred Schneider of the B-52's. So yeah in essence I guess you're right she was the original rapper. Right up until the end of her career which would have been this movie Myra Breckenridge...Oh wait it had to be her last movie, SEX. That was real a stinker.
I can't watch Mae West without thinking of Charles Pierce! Myra B was so awful it was awesome! Painful at its best. Love the sex Racquel's sex scene.