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Weatherford, Carole Boston

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Frank Morrison. This look at the pioneers of rap music begins with canonical African American poets and ends with the women who rapped first: "Female MCs break it down: Salt-N-Pepa and TLC. / Queen Latifah sports a crown, reigning like royalty." The rhymes suffer a bit without a backing track, but the art, spiked with graffiti motifs, hits all the right notes. Glos.

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