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The Resource Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap, Elijah Wald

Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap, Elijah Wald

Label
Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap
Title
Talking 'bout your mama
Title remainder
the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap
Statement of responsibility
Elijah Wald
Title variation
Talking about your mama
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At its simplest, the dozens is a comic concatenation of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it is a form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Whether considered vernacular poetry, verbal dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens has been a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton to Ice Cube. Wald explores the depth of the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and most recently in the improvisatory battling of rap. A forbidden language beneath the surface of American popular culture, the dozens links children's clapping rhymes to low-down juke joints and the most modern street verse to the earliest African American folklore."--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Wald, Elijah
Dewey number
398.7089/96073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6231.N5
LC item number
W35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American wit and humor
  • Invective
  • Dozens (Game)
  • African Americans
  • Rap (Music)
  • African Americans
Label
Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap, Elijah Wald
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardcover edition published under the title: The dozens : a history of rap's mama
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A trip down Twelfth Street -- The name of the game -- Singing the dozens -- Country dozens and dirty blues -- The literary dozens -- Studying the street -- The martial art of rhyming -- Around the world with your mother -- African roots -- Slipping across the color line -- Why do they (we) do that? -- Rapping, snapping, and battling
Control code
ocn879527844
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780199394043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1700554
  • (OCoLC)879527844
Label
Talking 'bout your mama : the dozens, snaps, and the deep roots of rap, Elijah Wald
Publication
Note
Hardcover edition published under the title: The dozens : a history of rap's mama
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A trip down Twelfth Street -- The name of the game -- Singing the dozens -- Country dozens and dirty blues -- The literary dozens -- Studying the street -- The martial art of rhyming -- Around the world with your mother -- African roots -- Slipping across the color line -- Why do they (we) do that? -- Rapping, snapping, and battling
Control code
ocn879527844
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780199394043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1700554
  • (OCoLC)879527844

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