To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic

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Index
2 Live Crew, 47,53
5% Nation, 69,141-142
Mile (Eminem), 73,83,143,157,162
“8 Million Stories” (A Tribe Called Quest), 48
“8 More Miles” (G-Unit), 95
“10% Dis” (MC Lyte), 50
The 18th Letter (Rakim), 143
Naughty III (Naughty By Nature), 132
“21 Questions” (50 Cent), 105
“22-20 Blues” (James), 116-117
“22 Twos” (Jay-Z), 105
50 Cent: “21 Questions,” 105; artistic integrity of, 9; death theme, 125; on fraternal love, 124; as a gangster figure, 34; Get Rich or Die Tryin', 73; hip hop battles, 81; Ja Rule and, 81; lyrics by, 34; misanthropy of, 168; “P.I.M.P.,” 122; regionalization of hip hop, 75; sales, 73
93 'Til Infinity (Souls of Mischief), 66
“100 Miles and Running” (Ice Cube), 82
“187” (Dr. Dre), 60
A+,66
Aaliyah, 102
Abrahams, Roger D., 77
Abrams, M. H., 109
“Action” (Treacherous Three), 45
“Addictive” (Rakim and Truth Hurts), 142
Aesthetics: of hip hop, 5,9,14,20,97,121; marijuana aesthetic, 58; “pimp aesthetic,” 121-123
African American culture, appeal of, 6
“African American” defined, 7
African Diaspora, hip hop and, 7,167
AG, 152
“Ain't It Good to You” (Ultra Magnetic MCs), 54
“Ain't No Mountain High Enough” (Terrell and Gaye), 87
“Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing” (Terrell and Gaye), 87
Ali, Muhammad, 32, 79
“All Around Mama” (Dixon), 37
All Eyez on Me (Tupac), 63
All Hail the Queen (Queen Latifah), 51
“All Hail to the Late Great Black Man” (Last Poets), 43
“All I Got Is You” (Ghostface Killah), 132,136 Allen, Harry, 61
“Alphabet Soup” (Masta Ace), 105
“Alternative rap,” 66-67
Always Outnumbered (Mosley), 146
American folk heroes, 34
Amerikkka's Most Wanted (Ice Cube), 4,57,58, 104
Amistad, 101
Anansi, 22
Andre 3000,30, 88,131
Angie B., 49
Anglo angst, 161
“Animal Planet” (GZA), 96-97
Anouilh, Jean, 110
Anti-flow, 89
Antoinette, 48,50-51
“Apache” (Viner), 13,29
Asphalt naturalism, 109
Atlanta, artists from, 74
“Atomic Dog” (Clinton), 29
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 130-131,134
“Average Man” (Obie Trice), 101-102
AZ, 72
Azor, Herbie “Luv Bug,” 50,53
B-boying/b-boys. See Breakdancing/break- ing/b-boying
B-Real, 59,98
“Baaad Nigger” archetype, 30,35, 111
Back-and-forth style of hip hop, 86-87
Back to the Old School (Just-Ice), 48,56
Bad-motherfuckerdom, 33
Badu, Erykah, 146,156
Baldwin, James: on black preachers, 15; on feeding children, 36; head-to-head essays, 78; Jean and, 144; on legends, 139; on tales of suffering and delight, 128

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Microphone Check - An Intro 1
  • 1: The Roots 13
  • 2: The Score 41
  • 3: Word of Mouth 77
  • 4: Sphalt Chronicles Hip Hop and the Storytelling Tradition 107
  • 5: Seven Mcs 139
  • Conclusion 167
  • Shout Outs 171
  • Notes 175
  • Index 183
  • About the Author 200
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