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Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story (American Made Music)

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In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a wealth of materials that demonstrate a vibrant musical scene.

Let the World Listen Right draws from classic studies of the blues as well as extensive ethnographic work to document the "changing same" of Delta music making. From the neighborhood juke joints of the contemporary Delta to the international hip-hop stage, this study traces the musical networks that join the region's African American communities to both traditional forms and new global styles.

The book features the words and describes performances of contemporary artists, including blues musicians, gospel singers, radio and club DJs, barroom toast-tellers, preachers, poets, and a spectrum of Delta hip-hop artists. Contemporary Delta hip-hop artists Jerome "TopNotch the Villain" Williams, Kimyata "Yata" Dear, and DA F.A.M. have contributed freestyle poetry, extensive interview materials, and their own commentaries. The book focuses particularly on the biography of TopNotch, whose hip-hop poetics emerge from a lifetime of schoolyard dozens and training in the gospel church.

Synopsis:

A study of contemporary, grass roots musical creation happening in the Mississippi Delta

About the Author

Ali Colleen Neff is formerly a music writer for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, among other publications. Currently, she is an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617030529
Author:
Neff, Ali Colleen
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Rap
Subject:
Music
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Ethnomusicology
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rap and Hip-Hop
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism

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