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

The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era’s landmark album: Nas’s Illmatic.

From the moment then nineteen-year-old Nasir “Nas” Jones began recording tracks for his debut album the hip-hop world was forever changed. Released in 1994, Illmatic, was hailed as a masterpiece and is one of the most influentialalbums in hip-hop history. In Born to Use Mics, Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai have brought together the brightest minds to reflect upon and engage one of the most incisive sets of songs ever laid down on wax.

Contributors include:
Adilifu Nama * Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. * James Peterson * Marc Lamont Hill * Michael Eric Dyson * Mark Anthony Neal * Kyra Gaunt * Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. * Imani Perry * and more

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Any Fan of Hip Hop and Good Music

Outstanding book! I simply cannot say how grateful I am to Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai for bringing together a great team to write this incredible analysis of one of the greatest albums, Nas’s Illmatic. The book covers the full range of social, political, and historical factors that influenced not only Nas’s work BUT ALSO hip hop more generally. In fact, this book is more about what makes hip hop tick!!!

I recommend it highly. Enjoy!


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