Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic (Paperback)

Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson (Editor), Sohail Daulatzai (Editor) Cover Image
By Michael Eric Dyson (Editor), Sohail Daulatzai (Editor)
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At the age of nineteen, Nasir "Nas" Jones began recording tracks for his debut album -- and changed the music world forever. Released in 1994, Illmatic was hailed as an instant masterpiece and has proven one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history. With its close attention to beats and lyricism, and riveting first-person explorations of the isolation and desolation of urban poverty, Illmatic was pivotal in the evolution of the genre.

In Born to Use Mics, Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai have brought together renowned writers and critics including Mark Anthony Neal, Marc Lamont Hill, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., and many others to confront Illmatic song by song, with each scholar assessing an individual track from the album. The result is a brilliant engagement with and commentary upon one of the most incisive sets of songs ever laid down on wax.

About the Author

Michael Eric Dyson has been named by Ebony as one of the one hundred most influential black Americans and is the author of fourteen other books. He is University Professor at Georgetown University and lives in Washington, D.C.

Praise For…

“A vital book for readers eager to understand the history of the genre.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780465002115
ISBN-10: 0465002110
Publisher: Civitas Books
Publication Date: December 29th, 2009
Pages: 320
Language: English