Born to Use Mics
reading Nas's Illmatic
A rebel to America : "N.Y. state of mind" after the towers fell / by Sohail Daulatzai
Time is illmatic : a song for my father, a letter to my son / by Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.
"It's yours" : hip-hop worldviews in the lyrics of Nas / by James Braxton Peterson
Critical pedagogy comes at halftime : Nas as black public intellectual / by Marc Lamont Hill
"Memory lane" : on jazz, hip-hop, and fathers / by Mark Anthony Neal
"One love," two brothers, thre verses / by Michael Eric Dyson
"One time 4 your mind" : embedding Nas and hip-hop into a gendered state of mind / by Kyra D. Gaunt
"Represent," Queensbridge, and the art of living / by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
"It ain't hard to tell" : a story of lyrical transcendence / by Imani Perry
From Library Staff
In 1994, a 19-year-old in Queens, New York, recorded what is arguably the greatest hip-hop record, or at the least, a classic that remains contemporary even today. In Born to Use Mics, each chapter is written by a different hip-hop scholar on a song from Illmatic. A unique take on analyzing an im... Read More »
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