Books by K. Maurice Jones

Released: March 1, 1994

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A thorough and coherent account of ``the most important popular music to emerge in America during the 1980s and 1990s.'' Jones does a fine job of tracing rap's antecedents from its roots in the West African griot tradition through the ``race music'' of the early 20th century, the preaching and verbal street games that gave rap its structure and vocabulary, and the African-American poets—Muhammad Ali to Nikki Giovanni—who gave it a popular, articulate voice; he shows how its Caribbean and American threads were woven into a distinct musical genre in the South Bronx and went on to become a worldwide movement. Read full book review >