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Cobb, William Jelani

Works: 5 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 2,357 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Classifications: ML3918.R37, 782.421649
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Most widely held works about William Jelani Cobb
Most widely held works by William Jelani Cobb
To the break of dawn : a freestyle on the hip hop aesthetic by William Jelani Cobb ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. This book examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. Music critic Cobb, who spent his youth at the epicenter of the new art form, takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam. Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, this book tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, it illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.--From publisher description
The substance of hope : Barack Obama and the paradox of progress by William Jelani Cobb ( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the ways in which black leadership and politics have evolved since the civil rights era, evaluating such topics as Barack Obama's achievements and paradigm shifts within the African-American electorate
The essential Harold Cruse : a reader by Harold Cruse ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The devil & Dave Chappelle & other essays by William Jelani Cobb ( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"There are no simple answers, only oversimplified ones. But the cure to all social ills lies in uncovering the truth. In this timely, wide-ranging collection of essays, William Jelani Cobb uses cinema, music, literature, politics, and pop culture to reveal some discomforting realities. "On the Stroll: Pimping Three 6 Mafia" is a fascinating take on the first hip-hop group ever to win an Oscar. In "The Devil and Dave Chappelle," Cobb discusses Chappelle's decision to walk away from a $50 million contract as not just a comedic choice but also a social and political choice, with Chappelle realizing that one wrong laugh could put him on the wrong side of the line between genius and Uncle Tom."--BOOK JACKET
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.34 (from 0.23 for The substa ... to 0.66 for The devil ...)
Alternative Names
Cobb, William A. J.
English (23)