July 25, 2022 – How did the worlds of hip-hop and boxing unite, blending together music, race, sports, and politics? In this episode our time machine welcomes back Dr. Todd D. Snyder who brings us Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game. We previously caught up to discuss his previous book: Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype.
Meeting Muhammad Ali’s hype man, Drew “Bundini” Brown, was an experience that really stuck with me, in a way that made me scared to think I might never have known a thing about him, if not for today’s guest.
Todd D. Snyder, an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Siena College in Albany, New York, who grew up in West Virginia as the son of a boxing trainer. He’s excellent at divining the poetry in rap and how it developed this symbiotic relationship with the sweet science. His previous books include 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia.