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Rhymin' and stealin' : musical borrowing in hip-hop

Author: Justin A Williams
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Tracking pop.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rhymin' and Stealin' begins with a crucial premise: the fundamental element of hip-hop culture and aesthetics is the overt use of preexisting material to new ends. Whether it is taking an old dance move for a breakdancing battle, using spray paint to create street art, quoting from a famous speech, or sampling a rapper or 1970s funk song, hip-hop aesthetics involve borrowing from the past. By appropriating and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin A Williams
ISBN: 0472118927 9780472118922
OCLC Number: 820123724
Description: xvi 256 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Historicizing the breakbeat: hip-hop's origins and authenticity --
2. The construction of jazz rap as high art in hip-hop music --
3. Dr. Dre's "Jeep Beats" and musical borrowing for the automotive space --
4. The martyr industry: Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., and postmortem sampling --
5. Borrowing and lineage in Eminem/2Pac's Loyal to the Game and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying.
Series Title: Tracking pop.
Other Titles: Rhyming and stealing :
Musical borrowing in hip-hop
Responsibility: Justin A. Williams.

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"Rhymin' and Stealin' begins with a crucial premise: the fundamental element of hip-hop culture and aesthetics is the overt use of preexisting material to new ends. Whether it is taking an old dance move for a breakdancing battle, using spray paint to create street art, quoting from a famous speech, or sampling a rapper or 1970s funk song, hip-hop aesthetics involve borrowing from the past. By appropriating and reappropriating these elements, they become transformed into something new, something different, something hip-hop. Rhymin' and Stealin' is the first book-length study of musical borrowing in hip-hop music, which not only includes digital sampling but also demonstrates a wider web of references and quotations within the hip-hop world. Examples from Nas, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, and many others show that the transformation of preexisting material is the fundamental element of hip-hop aesthetics. Although all music genres use and adapt preexisting material in different ways, hip-hop music celebrates and flaunts its "open source" culture through highly varied means. It is this interest in the web of references, borrowed material, and digitally sampled sounds that forms the basis of this book--sampling and other types of borrowing becomes a framework with which to analyze hip-hop music and wider cultural trends." -- Publisher's description.
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