Born to Use Mics Reading Nas's Illmatic

ISBN-10: 0465002110
ISBN-13: 9780465002115
Edition: 2008
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Description: From the moment then nineteen-year-old Nasir 0;Nas1; Jones began recording tracks for his debut album the hip-hop world was forever changed. Released in 1994, Illmatic, was hailed as a masterpiece and is one of the most influentialalbums in hip-hop  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

From the moment then nineteen-year-old Nasir 0;Nas1; Jones began recording tracks for his debut album the hip-hop world was forever changed. Released in 1994, Illmatic, was hailed as a masterpiece and is one of the most influentialalbums in hip-hop history. In Born to Use Mics, Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai have brought together the brightest minds to reflect upon and engage one of the most incisive sets of songs ever laid down on wax. Contributors include: Adilifu Nama * Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. * James Peterson * Marc Lamont Hill * Michael Eric Dyson * Mark Anthony Neal * Kyra Gaunt * Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. * Imani Perry * and more

Foreword: Common
Introduction: Illmatic: It Was Written
40Th Side North
It was Signified: "The Genesis"
A Rebel to America: "N.Y. State of Mind" After The Towers Fell
Time Is Illmatic: A Song for My Father, A Letter To My Son
"It's Yours": Hip-Hop Worldviews In The Lyrics Of Nas
Critical Pedagogy Comes At Halftime: Nas as Black Public Intellectual
41St Side South
"Memory Lane": On Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Fathers
"One Love, " Two Brothers Three Verses
"One Time 4 Your Mind": Embedding Nas and Hip-Hop Into a Gendered State of Mind
"Represent," Queensbridge, and The Art of Living
"It Ain't Hard to Tell": A Story of Lyrical Transcendece
Remixes
The Second Coming: An Interview
5-Mic Review
Streets Disciple: Representing Queensbridge, New York, and The Future of Hip-Hop, Nas Is In His Own State of Mind: An Interview
An Elegy for Illmatic
Born Alone, Die Alone
All The Words Past the Margins: Adam Mansbach and Kevin Coval Talk Understandable Smooth Shit
Nighitime Is More Trife Than Ever: The Many Misuses of Nas
"Genesis": In The Hall of Mirrors
Break (Is This)
I Reminisce on Park Jams: An Interview with Bobbito Garcia
Notes
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Index

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