Know What I Mean?
Describes social, cultural, and political aspects of hip-hop music through dialogues with academic scholars and documentary filmmakers.
Blackwell North Amer
Know What I Mean? addresses salient issues within hip hop: the creative expression of degraded youth that has garnered them global exposure; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits (and a scapegoat during the Don Imus-Rutgers scandal); the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hop; and the need for increased intellectual engagement with some of hip hop's most influential figures.
reflections on hip-hop
"How real is this?" : prisons, iPods, pimps, and the search for authentic homes
This dark diction has become America's addiction" : language, diaspora, and hip hop's bling economy
"It's trendy to be the conscious MC" : culture, rhetoric, crack, and the politics of rap
"Cover your eyes as I describe a scene so violent" : violence, machismo, sexism, and homophobia
"Nappy-head ho's, worse than bitch niggaz" : Don Imus, the crisis of patriarchy, and the death and rebirth of hip hop
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