Rhymin and stealin musical borrowing in hip hop tracking pop justin a williams on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers rhymin and stealin begins with a crucial premise the fundamental element of hip hop culture and aesthetics is the overt use of preexisting material to new ends whether it is taking an old dance move for a breakdancing battle. Justin williamss new book rhymin and stealin musical borrowing in hip hop aims to highlight precisely this dissimilarity by focusing on what he sees as the primary difference between hip hop and other musical genres that the fundamental element of hip hop culture and aesthetics is the overt use of pre existing material to new ends . Rhymin and stealin is a very welcome addition to the canon of hip hop scholarship williams innovative contribution is his ability to broaden theories of borrowing beyond their typical scope of lyrical content and musical samples to include figurative borrowings of spatial and temporal concepts. By appropriating and reappropriating these elements they become transformed into something new something different something hip hop rhymin and stealin is the first book length study of musical borrowing in hip hop music which not only includes digital sampling but also demonstrates a wider web of references and quotations within the . In rhymin and stealin justin williams takes as his subject the widespread perhaps defining practice of musical borrowing in hip hop importantly for the purposes of this book williams is more concerned with examining musical sound and performance practices than hip hops ethics politics of resistance or legal entanglements
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