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Let the World Listen RightThe Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story$
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Ali Colleen Neff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732290

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732290.001.0001

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New Blues in the Mississippi Delta

New Blues in the Mississippi Delta

(p.46) Chapter Two New Blues in the Mississippi Delta
Let the World Listen Right

Ali Colleen Neff

William Ferris

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the musical style of TopNotch the Villain, a hip-hop artist from the Mississippi Delta. It explains that TopNotch’s freestyle technique reveals the rhythms of blues music, the complexity of poetry, and the song-like phrasing of the West-Coast G-Funk hip-hop collective. The chapter also mentions that the art and aesthetics that shape TopNotch’s verbal style are the result of many years of talking lessons in the church house, at home, in the schoolyard, and over the radio waves.

Keywords:   TopNotch the Villain, hip-hop artist, Mississippi Delta, blues music, poetry, West-Coast G-Funk

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