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To the break of dawn : a freestyle on the hip hop aesthetic

Author: William Jelani Cobb
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. This book examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. Music critic Cobb, who spent his youth at the epicenter of the new art form, takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Jelani Cobb
ISBN: 9780814716700 0814716709
OCLC Number: 71350440
Description: vii, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The roots --
The score --
Word of mouth --
Asphalt chronicles : hip hop and the storytelling tradition --
Seven MCs.
Responsibility: William Jelani Cobb.
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"With poetic passion and surgical precision, Cobb's engaging exploration of the hip hop aesthetic lovingly demonstrates that when it comes to beats and rhymes the beauty of the (bass) god resides in Read more...

 
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