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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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A Family Affair

A Family Affair

(p.76) Chapter Three A Family Affair
Let the World Listen Right

Ali Colleen Neff

William Ferris

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the family bond between TopNotch the Villain and other rappers in the Mississippi Delta, particularly his DA F.A.M. group. It explains that TopNotch is considered by his peers as a role model, and as an accessible and positive person because of this brand of “real talk.” The chapter also discusses the challenges faced by TopNotch in his early years in working in the cotton fields to keep his family fed and to buy his school clothes.

Keywords:   TopNotch the Villain, rappers, Mississippi Delta, DA F.A.M., role model, real talk

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