Hip-hop

The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Author: Travis L. Gosa,Erik Nielson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199341818

Category: Hip-hop

Page: 336

View: 3059

Offers an analysis of hip hop and politics in the Obama era and beyond, with new perspectives on hip hop's role in political mobilization, grassroots organizing, campaign branding, and voter turnout
Music

Hip Hop's Inheritance

From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement

Author: Reiland Rabaka

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739164821

Category: Music

Page: 302

View: 8045

Hip Hop's Inheritance arguably offers the first book-length treatment of what hip hop culture has, literally, 'inherited' from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, the Feminist Art movement, and 1980s and 1990s postmodern aesthetics. By comparing and contrasting the major motifs of the aforementioned cultural aesthetic traditions with those of hip hop culture, all the while critically exploring the origins and evolution of black popular culture from antebellum America through to 'Obama's America,' Hip Hop's Inheritance demonstrates that the Hip Hop generation is not the first generation of young black folk preoccupied with spirituality and sexuality, race and religion, entertainment and athletics, or ghetto culture and bourgeois culture.
Social Science

Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era

Author: Bakari Kitwana

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780883783085

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 570

Kitwana, author of the best-selling The Hip-Hop Generation, sits down with leadership of the five major national hip-hop organizations, a larger part of the force that is driving the innovative marriage between hip-hop and civic engagement—The League of Young Voters, The Hip-Hop Congress, The National Hip-Hop Political Convention, The Hip-Hop Caucus and The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Hip Hop Activism in the Obama Era is a collection of interviews with activists and political organizers at the forefront of increasing youth involvement in electoral politics.
Social Science

Stare in the Darkness

The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics

Author: Lester K. Spence

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816669872

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

View: 5307

Critiquing the true impact of hip-hop culture on politics.
Social Science

Paint the White House Black

Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America

Author: Michael P. Jeffries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804785570

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 3441

Barack Obama's election as the first black president in American history forced a reconsideration of racial reality and possibility. It also incited an outpouring of discussion and analysis of Obama's personal and political exploits. Paint the White House Black fills a significant void in Obama-themed debate, shifting the emphasis from the details of Obama's political career to an understanding of how race works in America. In this groundbreaking book, race, rather than Obama, is the central focus. Michael P. Jeffries approaches Obama's election and administration as common cultural ground for thinking about race. He uncovers contemporary stereotypes and anxieties by examining historically rooted conceptions of race and nationhood, discourses of "biracialism" and Obama's mixed heritage, the purported emergence of a "post-racial society," and popular symbols of Michelle Obama as a modern black woman. In so doing, Jeffries casts new light on how we think about race and enables us to see how race, in turn, operates within our daily lives. Race is a difficult concept to grasp, with outbursts and silences that disguise its relationships with a host of other phenomena. Using Barack Obama as its point of departure, Paint the White House Black boldly aims to understand race by tracing the web of interactions that bind it to other social and historical forces.
Music

The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop

Author: Justin A. Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107037468

Category: Music

Page: 365

View: 4608

This Companion covers the hip-hop elements, methods of studying hip-hop, and case studies from Nerdcore to Turkish-German and Japanese hip-hop.
Music

Hip Hop Matters

Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement

Author: S. Craig Watkins

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807009864

Category: Music

Page: 295

View: 7276

The author explores the evolution of hip hop and the backlash against it, from Detroit Mayer Kwame Killpatrick, the nation's first hip hop mayor, to the reception of the music on college campuses, where debates over its misogyny thrive. Reprint.
Political Science

Party Crashing

How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence

Author: Keli Goff

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786732326

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 9378

For the last forty years the label "black voter” has been virtually synonymous with "Democrat” but a new generation of voters is changing that. In her provocative new book Party Crashing, political commentator Keli Goff introduces America’s newest swing voter. Like soccer moms and Nascar dads before them, young, black voters born after the Civil Rights Movement are becoming increasingly up for grabs, politically speaking. While the politics of their parents and grandparents were shaped by the Civil Rights Movement, Goff notes that the politics of her peers, members of the post-Civil Rights generation, have been shaped by a number of cultural influencers that transcend race; from "The Cosby Show,” to icons such as Oprah Winfrey, and the tragedy of 9/11. Civil rights has long been the defining political issue for black Americans but for this emerging generation of black voters, civil rights is now one issue among many that define their politics. As a result, they are challenging the idea that one’s skin color should color one’s political identity, and they are also challenging the idea that they should be Democrats. Since the support of black Americans has been crucial to the success of democratic candidates-from Presidents Kennedy to Clinton-this shift could be one of the most important developments in modern politics, arguably as important as the Civil Rights movement itself. Along with the political shift occurring, Goff also examines the cultural shift that is taking place on a wide range of issues including: gay marriage, hip-hop, and the emergence of what Goff calls "Generation Obama.” Through in-depth interviews with young, black voters, groundbreaking survey research, and conversations with a range of high profile Americans-from Colin Powell to Russell Simmons-Party Crashing explores the issues and people who have helped shape the politics of the post-Civil Rights Generation, and how this generation is reshaping America.
Social Science

Nation of Cowards

Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America

Author: David H. Ikard,Martell Lee Teasley

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253007011

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 7766

In a speech from which Nation of Cowards derives its title, Attorney General Eric Holder argued forcefully that Americans today need to talk more—not less—about racism. This appeal for candid talk about race exposes the paradox of Barack Obama’s historic rise to the US presidency and the ever-increasing social and economic instability of African American communities. David H. Ikard and Martell Lee Teasley maintain that such a conversation can take place only with passionate and organized pressure from black Americans, and that neither Obama nor any political figure is likely to be in the forefront of addressing issues of racial inequality and injustice. The authors caution blacks not to slip into an accommodating and self-defeating "post-racial" political posture, settling for the symbolic capital of a black president instead of demanding structural change. They urge the black community to challenge the social terms on which it copes with oppression, including acts of self-imposed victimization.
Music

Thug Life

Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop

Author: Michael P. Jeffries

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226395855

Category: Music

Page: 263

View: 1090

Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated b-boying and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men? Do black listeners interpret hip-hop differently from white fans? These questions have dogged hip-hop for decades, but unlike most pundits, Michael P. Jeffries finds answers by interviewing everyday people. Instead of turning to performers or media critics, Thug Life focuses on the music’s fans—young men, both black and white—and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people’s daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans’ voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, we are able to understand hip-hop as a tool listeners use to make sense of themselves and society as well as a rich, self-contained world containing politics and pleasure, virtue and vice.
Political Science

Pulse of the People

Political Rap Music and Black Politics

Author: Lakeyta M. Bonnette

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812291131

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 9742

Hip-Hop music encompasses an extraordinarily diverse range of approaches to politics. Some rap and Hip-Hop artists engage directly with elections and social justice organizations; others may use their platform to call out discrimination, poverty, sexism, racism, police brutality, and other social ills. In Pulse of the People, Lakeyta M. Bonnette illustrates the ways rap music serves as a vehicle for the expression and advancement of the political thoughts of urban Blacks, a population frequently marginalized in American society and alienated from electoral politics. Pulse of the People lays a foundation for the study of political rap music and public opinion research and demonstrates ways in which political attitudes asserted in the music have been transformed into direct action and behavior of constituents. Bonnette examines the history of rap music and its relationship to and extension from other cultural and political vehicles in Black America, presenting criteria for identifying the specific subgenre of music that is political rap. She complements the statistics of rap music exposure with lyrical analysis of rap songs that espouse Black Nationalist and Black Feminist attitudes. Touching on a number of critical moments in American racial politics—including the 2008 and 2012 elections and the cases of the Jena 6, Troy Davis, and Trayvon Martin—Pulse of the People makes a compelling case for the influence of rap music in the political arena and greatly expands our understanding of the ways political ideologies and public opinion are formed.
Social Science

Fear of a Hip-Hop Planet: America's New Dilemma

Author: D. Marvin Jones

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313395780

Category: Social Science

Page: 297

View: 8365

Is Gangsta Rap just black noise? Or does it play the same role for urban youth that CNN plays in mainstream America? This provocative set of essays tells us how Gangsta Rap is a creative "report" about an urban crisis, our new American dilemma, and why we need to listen. • A chronological account of development of rap music going back to the era of slavery • Drawings and editorial cartoons • A multicultural bibliography containing sociological, historical, and legal materials • A glossary of many key terms such as "structural racism" and "governmentalism"
Business & Economics

The Tanning of America

How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy

Author: Steve Stoute

Publisher: Avery

ISBN: 1592407382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 474

Traces the rise of hip-hop from a niche genre to mainstream culture, revealing how it has contributed to a new generation of multi-ethnic consumers who share experiences and values that can be tapped for marketing campaigns.
Art

The Legends of Hip Hop

Author: Justin Bua

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062206982

Category: Art

Page: 160

View: 304

Sweeping in its scope, The Legends of Hip Hop is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop. Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing a portrait of each legend in a style reminiscent of the great masters. The artwork is accompanied by an engaging autobiographical narrative that contextualizes the impact each icon has had on Bua’s personal life and on the hip-hop culture at large. With a foreword by Chuck D, this landmark volume is more than a celebration of hip hop; it is the definitive word on the subject as told by Bua, one of hip hop’s leading artists and a legend in his own right.
History

Hip Hop Ain't Dead: It's Livin' in the White House

Author: Sanford Richmond, PhD

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1635052262

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 6639

Becoming the first Black president in the history of the United States, and shattering the mold of conventional politics by making hip hop culture his political ally, Obama's public relationship with hip hop throughout his presidency caused an explosion of public dialogue.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

My Voice

Author: Angie Martinez

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101990341

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 288

View: 9415

In her twenty years behind the mic at New York City's two biggest hip-hop stations - Hot 97 and Power 105.1 - Angie Martinez has become an entertainment legend. From meetings with one-time presidential hopeful Barack Obama to Jay-Z and Beyonce to post-prison Tupac, her intimate and candid interviews with the leading names in the music business, hip-hop culture, and beyond have grabbed headlines and changed the conversation.
Art

Total Chaos

The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

Author: Jeff Chang

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786722088

Category: Art

Page: 400

View: 5465

It's not just rap music. Hip-hop has transformed theater, dance, performance, poetry, literature, fashion, design, photography, painting, and film, to become one of the most far-reaching and transformative arts movements of the past two decades.American Book Award-winning journalist Jeff Chang, author of the acclaimed Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, assembles some of the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the most important cultural movement of our time. It's an incisive look at hip-hop arts in the voices of the pioneers, innovators, and mavericks.With an introductory survey essay by Chang, the anthology includes: Greg Tate, Mark Anthony Neal, Brian "B+” Cross, and Vijay Prashad examining hip-hop aesthetics in the wake of multiculturalism. Joan Morgan and Mark Anthony Neal discussing gender relations in hip-hop. Hip-hop novelists Danyel Smith and Adam Mansbach on "street lit" and "lit hop". Actor, playwright, and performance artist Danny Hoch on how hip-hop defined the aesthetics of a generation. Rock Steady Crew b-boy-turned-celebrated visual artist DOZE on the uses and limits of a "hip-hop" identity. Award-winning writer Raquel Cepeda on West African cosmology and "the flash of the spirit" in hip-hop arts. Pioneer dancer POPMASTER FABEL's history of hip-hop dance, and acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris on hip-hop's transformation of global dance theatre. Bill Adler's history of hip-hop photography, including photos by Glen E. Friedman, Janette Beckman, and Joe Conzo. Poetry and prose from Watts Prophet Father Amde Hamilton and Def Poetry Jam veterans Staceyann Chin, Suheir Hammad, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Kevin Coval. Roundtable discussions and essays presenting hip-hop in theatre, graphic design, documentary film and video, photography, and the visual arts. "Total Chaos is Jeff Chang at his best: fierce and unwavering in his commitment to document the hip-hop explosion. In beginning to define a hip-hop aesthetic, this gathering of artists, pioneers, and thinkers illuminates the special truth that hip-hop speaks to youth around the globe.” (Bakari Kitwana, author of The Hip-Hop Generation)
Biography & Autobiography

Decoded

Author: Jay-Z

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 1588369595

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4793

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. Praise for Decoded “Compelling . . . provocative, evocative . . . Part autobiography, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.”—The New Yorker “Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.”—Los Angeles Times “A riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism.”—The Boston Globe “Shawn Carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z . . . The scenes he recounts along the way are fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly “Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate and slick.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Music

To the Break of Dawn

A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic

Author: William Jelani Cobb

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814716717

Category: Music

Page: 200

View: 4746

2007 Arts Club of Washington’s National Award for Arts Writing - Finalist With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam. The four pillars of hip hop—break dancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping—find their origins in traditions as diverse as the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira and Caribbean immigrants’ turnstile artistry. Tracing hip-hop’s relationship to ancestral forms of expression, Cobb explores the cultural and literary elements that are at its core. From KRS-One and Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, he profiles MCs who were pivotal to the rise of the genre, verbal artists whose lineage runs back to the black preacher and the bluesman. Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, To the Break of Dawn tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, the book illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Articulate While Black

Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.

Author: H. Samy Alim,Geneva Smitherman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199812969

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 205

View: 8728

In Articulate While Black, two renowned scholars of Black Language address language and racial politics in the U.S. through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama's language use-and America's response to it.