Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement by S. Craig WatkinsAvoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the hip hop generation, Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the lives of the young people who live and breathe the culture. He presents incisive analysis of the corporate takeover of hip hop and the rampant misogyny that undermines the movements progressive claims. Ultimately, we see how hip hop struggles reverberate in the larger world: global media consolidation; racial and demographic flux; generational cleavages; the reinvention of the pop music industry; and the ongoing struggle to enrich the lives of ordinary youth.
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Political hip hop
Jeffrey Ogbonna Green Ogbar. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, Reviewed by Imani K. Ogbar writes as one who struggles to love hip-hop while moving it forward through critique. The chapters are thematically organized by prominent debates surrounding rap music, which he uses to unpack the discourse of race, to a lesser extent gender, notions of "realness," and the terms of authenticity. His work focuses on the expanse of these debates rather than their depth, leaving several critical holes but aptly illustrating the constricted nature of blackness in the play of authenticity.
Everywhere, big business, you want to be successful? You want to be like Trump?, In recent years, controversy surrounding rap music has been in the forefront of the American media. Rap, like other forms of music, cannot be understood unless it is studied without the frame of its historical and social context.
Political hip hop is a subgenre of hip hop music that was developed in the s as a way of turning rap music into a call for action and a form of social activism. Inspired by s political preachers such as The Last Poets and musician Gil Scott-Heron , Public Enemy was the first predominately political hip-hop group. There is no all-encompassing political hip-hop ideology; rather, there are multiple perspectives that range anywhere from Marxism to the values of the Five Percent Nation. Conscious hip hop is not necessarily overtly political, but the terms "conscious hip hop" and "political hip hop" are sometimes used interchangeably. Conscious hip hop began to gain traction in the 80's, along with hip hop in general. The term "nation-conscious rap" has been used to more specifically describe hip hop music with strong political messages and themes. Conscious hip hop often seeks to raise awareness of social issues, leaving the listeners to form their own opinions, rather than aggressively advocating for certain ideas and demanding actions.
Throughout its history and now, Hip-Hop has never been just a genre of music. Hip-Hop is a form of culture and personal expression that incorporates different elements of art. The original four elements include; MCing — the oral narrative rap , B-boying — the dancing element breakdancing , Aerosol or graffiti — the visual art element, and finally the DJ — fulfilling the musical element. All attempting to draw on their street knowledge, urban neglect, and American dreams. Academics believe rap, as the oral narrative of Hip-Hop, steams from African traditions and social titles. For example, an African griot is the title given to a storyteller, poet, praise singer or musician. Experts consider griots to be the first form of rap artists.