Audio from “Yo! MCPL Raps,” a panel I did at the library about hip-hop music

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This was enormous fun to research and talk about, thanks to Chad Dally of the Marathon County Public Library for putting it together and inviting me to participate. Below are three segments — mine is #3 — as well as two songs from Stevens Point rapper Emmitt James, who I thought was terrific.

These were recorded on a voice recorder I put on the table. It’s a nice voice recorder, so it’s quite listenable, but forgive the occasional interference if somebody was rustling papers or something. (Also, the program was for adults, so be advised that there is a little bit of cursing in some of the music clips.

In the first segment, Chad Dally discusses the history of rap music:

In the second segment, Charlie Brown discusses MC beefs:

In the third segment, I talk about sampling, copyright and creativity:

And these are two very cool songs performed by Emmitt James:

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