When I heard about Ali Neff’s book on the Clarksdale hip-hop scene, I was relieved that someone had finally decided to talk about something other than the blues. Someone was willing to engage the Delta on contemporary, relevant terms; someone was ready to listen to the young people. But Neff’s “Let the World Listen Right” (University Press of Mississippi, 2009, $50) begins and ends with the blues, so at times I forgot I was supposed to be reading about hip-hop. Despite such emphasis, Neff commendably links the music of the Delta’s past with that of the present, highlighting both the contiguity of Delta culture and the parallel structure and content of the music itself.
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