Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap

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From Two Live Crew's controversial comedy to Ice Cube's gangsta styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic word-play, In Talking About Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny, outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens." So what is the dozens? At its simplest, it's a comic chain of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it's an intricate form of social interaction that ...

Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap 2014, Oxford University Press Inc, New York

ISBN-13: 9780199394043

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