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Beatboxing: How Hip-hop Changed the Fight Game

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“The masterful art of chess, Kung-fu sword play, and the sweet science of boxing are all hip-hop expressions that connect us universally. Beatboxing tells the story. It’s razor sharp.”—Masta Killa, Wu-Tang Clan

Step into a world of rap moguls turned fight promoters, boxers turned rappers, and rappers turned boxers. From Mike Tyson to Tupac, from Roy Jones Jr. to J. Prince, explore how a cultural collision forever altered the relationship between music, race, sports, and politics.

Daryl McDonald of Run-DMC once said that the rhyme Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see! was hip-hop’s most famous lyric. Muhammad Ali’s poetic brilliance and swagger—ignited by hype man Bundini Brown—gave hip-hop artists the template from which they forged their identities and performed their art. Hip-hop’s impact on boxing, on the other hand, has not been explored. Until now.

In Beatboxing, Todd Snyder uncovers the unique connection between hip-hop and the sweet science, tracing a grassroots cultural movement from its origins in the South Bronx to its explosion across the globe and ultimately into the charged environment of the prize ring. Featuring interviews with champion fighters and music legends, this is the definitive book about an enduring phenomenon and is a must-read for boxing and hip-hop fans alike.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRELUDE
Tale of the (Cassette) Tape

INTRODUCTION
Check the Rhime

CHAPTER 1
Streets Is Watching

CHAPTER 2
Brooklyn Go Hard

CHAPTER 3
Let the Rhythm Hit ’Em

CHAPTER 4
Walk This Way

CHAPTER 5
Welcome to the Terrordome

CHAPTER 6
Me Against the World

CHAPTER 7
Ambitionz Az a Ridah

CHAPTER 8
Dirty South

CHAPTER 9
Y’all Must’ve Forgot

CHAPTER 10
Lean Back

CHAPTER 11
Get Money

CHAPTER 12
Get Rich or Die Tryin’

CHAPTER 13
What’s Beef?

CHAPTER 14
Hate It or Love It

CHAPTER 15
Watch the Throne

CHAPTER 16
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

AFTERWORD
Don’t Call It a Comeback

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

APPENDIXES : A COMPILATION OF HIP-HOP & BOXING SONGS

APPENDIX A
Songs that Reference Boxing Personalities

APPENDIX B
Noteworthy Hip-Hop Collaborations with Boxers

APPENDIX C
Noteworthy Hip-Hop Songs Specifically Crafted for Boxing

APPENDIX D
Noteworthy Hip-Hop Songs by Boxers

NOTES

WORKS REFERENCED

 

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Author

Todd D Snyder author of Bundini

Dr. Todd D. Snyder is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Siena College in Albany, New York. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Marshall University (2004, 2006) and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Ohio University (2011). Snyder is the author of Bundini: Don’t Believe The HypeThe Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity and 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia. His scholarly research draws from a variety of fields: rhetoric and composition, community literacy studies, communications studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. Snyder also teaches a course at Siena College in hip-hop studies and contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Hip-Hop Studies. The son of a West Virginia boxing trainer, Snyder’s work is also intimately connected to his life experience, the theme of working class masculinity serving as primary focus of his writing projects.

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Visit Todd’s personal website: hillbillyspeaks.com

Details

  • Publication Date: November 16, 2020 US | November 18 U.K. & ROW
  • Author: Todd D. Snyder
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Trade Paperback:
    • ISBN: 9781949590395
    • Page Count: 352
    • List Price: $18.99 | £14.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers

Playlists

We are in the process of building out playlists for Beatboxing, across as many of the major streaming services that we can find. Todd Snyder has a list of 500 tracks referenced in the book. We’ll add as many as we can!

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