Freestyle Battling Provides Non Violent Way To Settle Disputes

The New York Daily News reports that with the tragic deaths of ’s Jam Master Jay and rap promoter Kenneth Walker, the thought of freestyling offering a nonviolent way to settle scores has taken hold. “To battle, you must know about grammar, morphology, local history and politics, and have speed and wit,” Marcyliena Morgan, a professor at Harvard University who teaches a course called Hip Hop America: Power, Politics and the Word. “You must be accurate, because the audience listens, evaluates and talks back.”

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