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Rap songs are famous for their double entendres, clever turns of phrase, and general ingenuity, but that doesnÆt mean things always make sense the first time around. Enter Understand Rap, a very funny pop-cultural reference book based on the website of the same name, which precisely explains the confusing lyrics and terms used in rap songs using language that even the most un-hip person can understand. The juxtaposition of a dry, academic tone with hip-hop terminology results in a book thatÆs as entertaining as it is informative.

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Genre: Humor
Author: William Buckholz
Publisher: Abrams
Release: 2011-01-26
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781613120156

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Rap songs are famous for their double entendres, clever turns of phrase, and general ingenuity, but that doesnÆt mean things always make sense the first time around. Enter Understand Rap, a very funny pop-cultural reference book based on the website of the same name, which precisely explains the confusing lyrics and terms used in rap songs using language that even the most un-hip person can understand. The juxtaposition of a dry, academic tone with hip-hop terminology results in a book thatÆs as entertaining as it is informative.

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Genre: Humor
Author: William Buckholz
Publisher: Abrams Image
Release: 2011-01-26
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 0810989212

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If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

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Genre: Music
Author: Adam Bradley
Publisher: Civitas Books
Release: 2017-06-27
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465094417

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Over the past four decades, rap and hip hop culture have taken a central place in popular music both in the United States and around the world. Listening to Rap: An Introduction enables students to understand the historical context, cultural impact, and unique musical characteristics of this essential genre. Each chapter explores a key topic in the study of rap music from the 1970s to today, covering themes such as race, gender, commercialization, politics, and authenticity. Synthesizing the approaches of scholars from a variety of disciplines—including music, cultural studies, African-American studies, gender studies, literary criticism, and philosophy—Listening to Rap tracks the evolution of rap and hip hop while illustrating its vast cultural significance. The text features more than 60 detailed listening guides that analyze the musical elements of songs by a wide array of artists, from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and more. A companion website showcases playlists of the music discussed in each chapter. Rooted in the understanding that cultural context, music, and lyrics combine to shape rap’s meaning, the text assumes no prior knowledge. For students of all backgrounds, Listening to Rap offers a clear and accessible introduction to this vital and influential music.

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Genre: Music
Author: Michael Berry
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2018-06-14
File: 270 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781315315867

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Hip Hop's Truth took over in the 1990s! The 1990s brilliance of sound and dance presented a voice and unique mind through the rough streets of America's largest conurbations. Sprung from the spirits of poverty, this inner city culture quickly uncovered an amazing bunch of young fresh black American forces of nature eager to express their unique self street accounts and contributed to a spirited new style of soul of black Americana. Nowadays, Hip Hop has reached the doorsteps as distinct as Africa, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Jamaica and Russia. This books brings you back to the good ole days of the 1990s where Hip Hop and Popular culture meshed delivering an indisputable force of rappers and dance artists that solidified incredible musical classics for ages to listen to.

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Genre: Music
Author: Eric Reese
Publisher: Eric Reese
Release: 2019-06-15
File: 94 Pages
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Discussions of race are inevitably fraught with tension, both in opinion and positioning. Too frequently, debates are framed as clear points of opposition—us versus them. And when considering white racial identity, a split between progressive movements and a neoconservative backlash is all too frequently assumed. Taken at face value, it would seem that whites are splintering into antagonistic groups, with differing worldviews, values, and ideological stances. White Bound investigates these dividing lines, questioning the very notion of a fracturing whiteness, and in so doing offers a unique view of white racial identity. Matthew Hughey spent over a year attending the meetings, reading the literature, and interviewing members of two white organizations—a white nationalist group and a white antiracist group. Though he found immediate political differences, he observed surprising similarities. Both groups make meaning of whiteness through a reliance on similar racist and reactionary stories and worldviews. On the whole, this book puts abstract beliefs and theoretical projection about the supposed fracturing of whiteness into relief against the realities of two groups never before directly compared with this much breadth and depth. By examining the similarities and differences between seemingly antithetical white groups, we see not just the many ways of being white, but how these actors make meaning of whiteness in ways that collectively reproduce both white identity and, ultimately, white supremacy.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Matthew Hughey
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Release: 2012-08-22
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780804783316

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Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers countless candid and exclusive insights from more than 100 of the most critically acclaimed artists in hip-hop—including Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, and will.i.am—unraveling the stories behind their art and preserving a wealth of the genre’s history through the words of the legends themselves. Exhaustively detailing the many complex aspects of rapping—such as utilizing literary tools and devices to strengthen content, battling, imagery, similes, metaphors, analogies, slang, performing both live and in the studio, word play, controversial content and punchlines, and constructing beats, singles, and freestyling—with emphasis on enunciating and breathing for unique vocal style, this remarkable book will benefit beginners and pros alike with its limitless wealth of rapping lore and insight.

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Genre: Music
Author: Paul Edwards
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release: 2009-12
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781569763773

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This book provides an enlightening, representative account of how rappers talk about God in their lyrics—and why a sense of religion plays an intrinsic role within hip hop culture. • A bibliography of cited sources on rap music and hip hop culture • An index of key terms and artists • A discography of rap songs with religious themes

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Genre: Music
Author: Ebony A. Utley
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Release: 2012-06-11
File: 190 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780313376696

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Reviews, news articles, interviews and essays capturing 100 years of art, architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film and television.

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Genre: Arts, Modern
Author:
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release: 2002
File: 3343 Pages
ISBN-13: 1579582907

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What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the spirituals, classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, and bebop? What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the Black Women’s Club Movement, New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Hipster Movement, and Black Muslim Movement? In Hip Hop’s Amnesia award-winning author, spoken-word artist, and multi-instrumentalist Reiland Rabaka answers these questions by rescuing and reclaiming the often-overlooked early twentieth century origins and evolution of rap music and hip hop culture.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Reiland Rabaka
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release: 2012-05-18
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780739174937

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