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Born to Use Mics: Reading NAS's Illmatic
Paperback - English

The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era's landmark album: Nasir Nas Jones's 1994 album, "Illmatic." ...At the age of nineteen, Nasir "Nas" Jones began recording tracks for his debut album -- and changed the music world forever. Released in 1994, Illmatic was hailed as an instant masterpiece and has proven one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history. With its close attention to beats and lyricism, and riveting first-person explorations of the isolation and desolation of urban poverty, Illmatic was pivotal in the evolution of the genre.

In Born to Use Mics, Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai have brought together renowned writers and critics including Mark Anthony Neal, Marc Lamont Hill, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., and many others to confront Illmatic song by song, with each scholar assessing an individual track from the album. The result is a brilliant engagement with and commentary upon one of the most incisive sets of songs ever laid down on wax.

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ISBN
EAN
9780465002115
Publisher
Publication Date
01/12/2009
Pages
320
Dimension
20.57cm x 13.97cm x 2.54cm
Age Group
18 and above
Grades
College Freshman to UP
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Dyson, Michael Eric
"Michael Eric Dyson" is an ordained Baptist minister and Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor at DePaul University. He is the author of "Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, Between God and Gangsta Rap, " and "Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line." He lives with his family in Chicago.




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