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Show 58 - Dirty Dozens

Show 58 - Dirty Dozens

If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element I recently finished reading Elijah Wald’s book called The Dozens: A History of Rap’s Mama. The dozens is a game of trading insult wordplay, sometimes it rhymes, sometimes it doesn’t, it often involves talking about your opponent’s mama. The book covers the pre-blues period to recent hip-hop and a lot of things beyond the world of music. But there are some prewar blues songs that are great examples of the game and at least one that really affected it’s evolution. So, we’ll start there with Speckled Red’s very funny hit from 1929, The Dirty Dozen.Now, I want all you womenfolks to fall in lineShake your shimmy like I’m shaking mineYou shake your shimmy and you shake it fastYou can’t shake your shimmy, shake your yes, yes, yesNow you’s a dirty mistreater, robber and a cheaterSlip you in the dozen, your pappy is your cousinYour mama do the lordy-lordYonder go your mama going out across the f