Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric in the Music of Public Enemy

  title={Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rhetoric in the Music of Public Enemy},
  author={Robert J. Walser},
  • R. Walser
  • Published 21 January 1995
  • Art
  • Ethnomusicology
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