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--and now this summer his anthems of Louisiana street life throb out the windows of speeding cars, the floating hint of a hook giving away the track, drowning in cardboard subwoofer fuzz, trunks and rearview mirrors.

(BEYOND THE BREACH 08/24/15 • ESPN THE MAGAZINE)

What does the bold part mean? Is "a hook" as a short hard blow in boxing? Thank you.

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In this case the definition of hook is musical, though it does have the same basic meaning as definition 1b on the linked page.

hook (n): 1b. something intended to attract and ensnare

It means a distinctive passage of music that catches your attention and draws you to listen to the song. The Wikipedia article about musical hooks explains them in greater detail.

A "floating hint of a hook giving away the track" means that the musical hook was barely heard, but sufficiently distinctive that the track (particular song) was identifiable.

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