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Born to Use Mics

Reading Nas's Illmatic
(Book - 2010)
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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.
Title: Born to use mics
reading Nas's Illmatic
Publisher: New York : Basic Civitas Books, c2010
Characteristics: xi, 308 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai
Contents: It was signified : "the genesis" / by Adilfu Nama
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
Additional Contributors: Daulatzai, Sohail
Dyson, Michael Eric
ISBN: 0465002110
9780465002115
Branch Call Number: 782.421649092 N241b 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Rap (Music) History and criticism Nas (Musician) Criticism and interpretation Nas (Musician). Illmatic
Topical Term: Rap (Music)
LCCN: 2008007435
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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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