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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Long before rap, there was “the dozens” – the African-American street rhyming tradition that often involved… your mom. Today: Author Elijah Wald shares the surprising musical history of the viciously funny insults. Plus: A live performance from indie veteran Frankie Rose.

Those Dirty, Dirty Dozens

Long before rap, there was “the dozens” – the African-American street rhyming tradition that author Elijah Wald defines as “halfway between ‘yo mama’ jokes and rap freestyle battling.” He joins us to share the surprising musical history of the R-rated comedic insults.

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Frankie Rose: In Studio

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