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Title:
Yo mama! : new raps, toasts, dozens, jokes, and children's rhymes from urban Black America
Author:
Jemie, Onwuchekwa, 1940-
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxvii, 311 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781592130283

9781592130290
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Collected primarily in metropolitan New York and Philadelphia during the classic era of black street poetry (i.e., during the late 1960s and early 1970s) these raps, signifyings, toasts, boasts, jokes and children's rhymes will delight general readers as well as scholars. Ranging from the simple rhymes that accompany children's games to verbally inventive insults and the epic exploits of traditional characters like Shine and Stagger Lee, these texts sound the deep rivers of culture, echoing two continents. Onwuchekwa Jemie's introductory essay situates them in a globally pan-African context and relates them to more recent forms of oral culture such as rap and spoken word.


Author Notes

Onwuchekwa Jemie teaches African American and African Literature at Howard University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
A Note on the Textp. xxvii
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 91
Works Citedp. 93
Part I. Children's Rhymes and Game Songsp. 97
The World as We See Itp. 97
1. Oh Little Playmatep. 97
2. Kissing in the Hallp. 97
3. I Saw You with Your Boyfriendp. 98
4. I Wish I Had a Nickelp. 98
5. Oh You Can't Get to Heavenp. 98
6. Miss Suep. 99
7. Your Mother's Got the Chicken Poxp. 99
8. Somebody's Calling My Namep. 99
9. From City to Cityp. 99
10. Tic Tacp. 99
11. I Received an Invitationp. 100
12. Just Plant a Watermelonp. 100
13. I Eat the Peanut Butterp. 100
14. Beansp. 100
15. Sardines and Pork and Beansp. 101
16. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleepp. 102
17. Winston Tastes Goodp. 103
18. I Want My Money Backp. 103
19. Old King Colep. 103
20. Hi-Ho Silverp. 103
21. My Little Monkeyp. 103
22. Silent Nightp. 103
23. Slap Me Fivep. 104
24. Sambop. 104
25. Run, Nigger, Runp. 104
26. Nigger, Niggerp. 104
27. Grandmap. 104
28. I Hate Boscop. 104
29. Old Abe Lincolnp. 105
30. Old Man Tuckerp. 105
31. John Brown's Babyp. 105
32. Old Jim Crowp. 105
33. See My Heartp. 106
34. See My Pinkyp. 106
35. Father Shot the Kangaroop. 106
36. Your Eyes May Waterp. 106
37. A Monkey Found a Dimep. 106
38. Look Up, Look Downp. 106
39. Do Your Ears Hang Low?p. 107
40. McDonald'sp. 107
41. The Roaches and the Bedbugsp. 107
42. Popeye the Sailor Manp. 107
43. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Morep. 108
44. Cry, Babyp. 109
45. Kindergarten Babyp. 109
46. Tattle Talep. 109
47. Red, Redp. 109
48. Now She's Gonep. 109
49. Glory, Glory, Hallelujahp. 109
50. April Foolp. 109
51. Booty Shinep. 110
52. Old Lady Had a Roosterp. 110
53. Stopp. 110
54. I Know Your Hair Is Nappyp. 110
Marching Songs and Threatsp. 111
1. I'm Little but I'm Loudp. 111
2. I'm a Cool Cool Girlp. 111
3. I Like Coffeep. 111
4. Soul Sister, Soul Brotherp. 111
5. Your Left, Your Leftp. 111
6. I Am Blindp. 112
7. Black Is Beautifulp. 112
8. Who Are the Pros?p. 112
9. Who Can Do the Freakin'?p. 112
10. Whitey Don't Excite Mep. 112
11. White Cracker, White Crackerp. 112
12. Take Off Your Shoesp. 112
13. Choo-Choo, Bang-Bangp. 113
14. We Are the Roughp. 113
15. If You Don't Like Itp. 113
16. Campers' Beansp. 113
17. The Soldierp. 113
Choosing Sidesp. 114
1. Engine, Engine Number Ninep. 114
2. Out Goes the Ratp. 114
3. Odds, Evensp. 114
4. My Mother and Your Motherp. 115
5. Doggie, Doggiep. 115
6. Ukie Dookiep. 115
7. One Potato, Two Potatop. 115
Hand Clapp. 116
1. Criss-cross, Applesaucep. 116
2. Rubba Dollyp. 116
3. Down, Down Babyp. 116
4. A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Seap. 116
5. Cookie Jarp. 117
6. I Won't Go to Macy's Anymorep. 117
7. Miss Mary Mackp. 118
8. Have You Ever, Ever, Everp. 118
9. My Boyfriend's Name Is Tonyp. 118
10. Eenie Meenie Gypso Leeniep. 119
11. Miss Lucy Had a Babyp. 119
Jump Ropep. 120
1. Teddy Bearp. 120
2. Cinderellap. 121
3. First Comes Lovep. 121
4. Fire, Firep. 121
5. Does He Love Me?p. 121
6. Strawberry Shortcakep. 122
7. Gypsyp. 122
8. Hot Pepperp. 122
9. Old Man Daisyp. 122
10. Be On Timep. 122
11. Do the Wicky Wackyp. 123
12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bangp. 123
13. Vote, Vote, Votep. 123
14. Anna Bananap. 123
15. Sew, Sew, Sew Your Drawsp. 123
16. Stampedep. 124
17. Taxi Cab, Taxi Cabp. 124
18. Help, Murder, Policep. 124
19. Hey Girlp. 125
20. Amos 'N Andyp. 125
21. Up the Ladderp. 125
22. All in Together, Girlsp. 125
23. George Washingtonp. 125
24. Up and Backp. 125
25. On the Mountainp. 126
26. Down the Mississippip. 126
27. Mother Dear's in the Kitchenp. 126
28. I Lost My Handkerchiefp. 127
29. Fudge Olyoleep. 127
Ball Gamesp. 127
1. Ball Bouncingp. 127
2. One Over Onep. 127
3. Hello Billp. 128
4. Bouncy Ballp. 128
5. Oliver Twistp. 128
Run and Chase Gamesp. 129
1. Devil and the Pitchforkp. 129
2. Ole Mother Witchp. 130
Circle Gamesp. 131
1. Head and Shouldersp. 131
2. Punchenellap. 131
3. Shake, Shake My Playmatep. 132
4. I'm Going to Kentuckyp. 132
5. Dinah's Deadp. 133
6. The Green Apple Treep. 133
7. Sally Waters (Sally Walker)p. 134
8. Yes Ma'amp. 134
9. Grandmama Hippie-Hoppap. 134
10. Let's Get the Rhythmp. 135
Wine Rhymesp. 135
1. What's the Word?p. 135
2. 3 - 6 - 9p. 135
3. Hambonep. 135
4. Newberry Winep. 136
5. Whiskey Songp. 136
6. Up on the Roofp. 137
7. What's Your Name?p. 137
8. Marcy Chaplinsp. 138
9. This Ole Heart of Minep. 138
10. Mary, Maryp. 138
11. You Missed Mep. 138
12. Last Callp. 138
Vulgar Rhymesp. 139
1. Listen My Childrenp. 139
2. Your Map. 139
3. Strandedp. 139
4. Fat and Skinnyp. 140
5. Fuck the Duckp. 140
6. A Gal from Kansas Cityp. 140
7. Batman and Robinp. 140
8. Your Mama Don't Wear No Drawsp. 141
9. Kiss My Ass!p. 141
10. The Food Chantp. 141
11. The Woodpeckerp. 141
12. Put Your Foot on the Rockp. 142
13. When You Get to Be a Manp. 142
14. Mary Had a Steamboatp. 142
15. A Geea, My Geeap. 142
16. Batmanp. 143
17. Down by the Riverp. 143
18. Tra-la-la Boom-de-ayp. 143
19. Her Belly Began to Risep. 144
20. Bang Bang Lulup. 144
21. Sing the Old Tunesp. 145
22. Baseball Batp. 145
23. A Man Named Brockettp. 146
24. I've Been Toldp. 146
25. I Was Walking Through the Junglep. 146
26. The Titty Shoutp. 146
Part II. Rapping, Signifying, Boasts and Threatsp. 150
1. Briefsp. 150
2. Claim to Famep. 152
3. There Is No Doublep. 152
4. Plumberp. 153
5. A Declaration of Friendshipp. 153
6. Crying Bluesp. 153
7. My Familyp. 153
8. Meanp. 154
9. I Farts Freelyp. 154
10. My Name, My Gamep. 154
11. Joe Taylorp. 154
12. I'm a Cool Cool Niggerp. 154
13. My Legend Has Come to Passp. 155
14. Don't Mess With Mep. 155
15. I'm a Loverp. 156
16. If You Don't Like My Applesp. 157
17. When I Diep. 157
18. Ninety-Four Whoresp. 157
19. Twenty Womenp. 158
20. Three Wine-Ole Bitchesp. 158
21. Fathers and Sonsp. 158
22. Dimep. 159
Part III. Dozensp. 160
General: "The Condition Your Dear Family's In"p. 160
Povertyp. 164
1. Poorp. 164
2. Housep. 164
3. Foodp. 165
4. Rats and Roachesp. 166
5. Clothingp. 167
Uglinessp. 169
1. Uglyp. 169
2. Funkyp. 171
3. Agep. 173
4. Sizep. 173
5. Heightp. 174
6. Hairp. 174
7. Headp. 174
8. Teethp. 175
9. Tittiesp. 175
10. Dickp. 176
11. Pussyp. 176
12. Assp. 178
13. Legsp. 178
14. Feetp. 179
15. Handsp. 179
16. Workp. 179
17. Role Reversalp. 179
18. Low Downp. 180
19. Negative on Blackp. 180
Stupidityp. 181
Promiscuityp. 182
Part IV. Toastsp. 189
The Signifying Monkeyp. 189
1. The Signifying Monkeyp. 189
2. The Signifying Monkeyp. 191
3. The Signifying Monkeyp. 193
4. The Signifying Monkeyp. 195
5. The Signifying Monkeyp. 197
6. The Signifying Monkeyp. 199
7. The Signifying Monkeyp. 200
8. The Signifying and Pool-Shooting Monkeyp. 201
Stagger Leep. 206
1. Stag-a-Leep. 206
2. Stagoleep. 207
3. Stagger Leep. 207
4. Stagoleep. 207
5. Stackaleep. 208
6. Stackoleep. 210
7. Bad, Bad Stack-o-Leep. 213
8. Stagger Lee and the James Brothersp. 215
The Titanicp. 217
1. ... And Shine Swam Onp. 217
2. The Titanicp. 218
3. The Titanicp. 219
4. The Tee-Ti-Tanicp. 221
5. The Tenth of Mayp. 221
6. The King, the Queen and the Whorep. 223
7. Shine, the Devil and His Brother Sammyp. 224
8. The Three Womenp. 227
9. Son of Shinep. 228
Dolemitep. 229
Death Rowp. 232
Doriella Dufontainep. 235
Honky-Tonk Budp. 241
1. This Is Your FBIp. 241
2. The Hip-Cat Studp. 243
The Free Snorterp. 244
Pete Reverep. 246
1. Pete Reverep. 246
2. Big Petep. 247
Big Dick Williep. 248
Black Jack Tuckerp. 249
Part V. Invectivep. 253
1. Put-Downsp. 253
2. Pimpin' Samp. 253
3. On the Cornerp. 255
Part VI. Preacher Tales and Parodiesp. 257
1. Preacher Manp. 257
2. A Prayerp. 257
3. Telephone to Gloryp. 258
4. The New Priestp. 258
5. The Visiting White Preacherp. 259
6. The Baptismp. 259
7. Ghostsp. 260
8. Smart Preacherp. 260
9. Last Will and Testamentp. 261
10. Fresh Airp. 262
11. The Preacher and the Ducksp. 262
12. G.Y.B.A.P.C.p. 263
13. I Want to Testifyp. 263
14. Make a Joyful Noise!p. 264
15. Mock Sermonp. 266
16. Jonah and the Whalep. 272
Part VII. Jokesp. 277
1. Welcome to Muleshoe, Mississippip. 277
2. Suicide!p. 277
3. Southern Hospitalityp. 277
4. Oink!p. 278
5. Help!p. 278
6. The Nigger Announcerp. 279
7. The Nigger Apep. 279
8. Who Is the King of the Jungle?p. 280
9. Reno's Comin'!p. 281
10. You Ain't Shitp. 282
11. Books and Authorsp. 282
12. The Faggot and the Truck Driverp. 282
13. Lucky Strikep. 282
14. You Want the Indians to Hate Us?p. 283
15. Bowelsp. 283
16. Cold Turkeyp. 284
17. Back to Africap. 284
18. Ungawa!p. 284
19. The Russian and the Whorep. 285
20. Englishman, Black Manp. 285
21. Chinese Man, Black Man, Jew Man and Godp. 286
22. White Man, Colored Man, Chinese Man in a Stormp. 286
23. White Man, Black Man, Jew Man and a Can of Beansp. 287
24. Colored Man, White Man, Chinese Man and Skunkp. 287
25. Black Man, Chinese Man, White Man in a Whorehousep. 287
26. Chinese Man, Colored Man, White Man and the Chimesp. 288
27. Jew Man, White Man, Black Man and the Judgep. 289
28. Black Man, White Man, Chinese Man in Jailp. 289
29. Two White Men, Black Man, Devilp. 289
30. Black Man, Southerner, Northerner in Hellp. 290
31. Black Man, White Man, Jew Man in Hellp. 290
32. Jew Man, Chinaman, Black Man in Heavenp. 291
33. Riddlesp. 291
34. What an Old Man Saidp. 292
Part VIII. Jokes on Childrenp. 293
1. What's Wrong, Seymour?p. 293
2. Correct Englishp. 293
3. Bad Mannersp. 294
4. Check Her Reactionp. 295
5. Grits and Wonderp. 295
6. Belly Buttonp. 295
7. Coming and Goingp. 296
8. Feltp. 296
9. I Was Walking Through the Parkp. 296
10. The Pocket Bookp. 296
11. Close Your Legs!p. 296
12. A Nickel!p. 297
13. How to Kill an Eel in One Easy Lessonp. 297
Part IX. Miscellaneousp. 298
1. Sulky Sailorp. 298
2. Old Country Jailp. 299
3. Stephen Changep. 299
4. Little Black Birdp. 300
5. Belgravep. 300
6. Legs in Stylep. 300
7. Humpty Dumptyp. 300
8. Upside Down ...p. 301
9. ... Inside Outp. 301
10. When You're Up ...p. 301
11. ... When You're Downp. 301
12. Sonp. 302
13. Look into My Eyesp. 302
14. They Sayp. 302
15. Snippetsp. 303
16. Flashesp. 304
17. A Lady!p. 305
18. Freedomp. 305
Contributorsp. 307

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