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   To the Break of Dawn
A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic
by William Jelani Cobb
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Category: Hip Hop
Code: 3605 |  ISBN: 0814716709 |  200 pp. |  Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Hardcover
About this book
"At a time when academics are just beginning to recognize hip hop as a legitimate form...Jelani Cobb, a child of rap himself, brings an unparalleled level of understanding to the music. His historically informed yet hip-to-the-tip viewpoint roots readers in the art form rather than the hype."
?Chuck D

"Wow! To the Break of Dawn is a crucial contribution to hip hop history. I'm thrilled that...Jelani Cobb has documented hip hop's relationship to the blues. If you want to truly understand how hip hop was born, read this book."
?MC Lyte

"What makes William Jelani Cobb's To the Break of Dawn so refreshing is that it centers on what hip-hop is, rather than on what it does....His aim is ambitious: to articulate hip-hop's aesthetic principles while tracing its roots back to the 'ancestral poetic and musical traditions' of black oral culture, from Sunday sermons to gut-bucket blues. To the Break of Dawn celebrates lyrical invention, the artists and even the particular rhymes that make hip-hop great. For the uninitiated, it is Hip-Hop 101, offering a rich overview of rap's verbal artistry. For the aficionado, it alternately affirms and challenges deeply held beliefs of what is valuable in hip-hop."
?Washington Post Book World


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