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

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Wald, Elijah. Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.256, 15 b/w photographs, ISBN: 9780199895403.

This work explores one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny, outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens." Hence, the traces the tradition of African American street rhyming and verbal combat that has ruled urban neighborhoods since the early 1900s (a basic building block of African-American culture) as he goes back to 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...

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