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Fear of a Black Nation


What did Chuck D mean when he called hip-hop the 'Black CNN'?

What are the different ways hip-hop and politics interact? Did political rap tail off in the early 1990s?

How do critics suggest hip-hop has undermined the Civil Rights tradition, and what are the counter arguments?

How did hip hop influence the 2008 election?

What is the relationship between hip-hop and the 'Black Lives Matters' movement?

To what extent has hip-hop become a vehicle for global protest by young people?

Core Readings

Michael Eric Dyson, Know What I mean: Reflections on Hip Hop (2007), Chapter (Track) 3, pp 59-87 [ebook]

Lester K. Spence, Stare in the Darkness : The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics (2011). Conclusion [ebook]

Public Enemy, 1991

'Rap's Fraught history with Black Lives Matters'

Public Enemy, Fight the Power

Wu Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow presents the Real hip-Ho

Further Reading

Julius Bailey, Philosophy and hip hop: Ruminations on postmodern cultural form (2014) [ebook]

Julius Bailey (ed.), The cultural impact of Kanye West [ebook]

Todd Boyd, The New H.N.I.C. : The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (2003) [ebook]

Michael Eric Dyson, Holler if you hear me: searching for Tupac Shakur (2003) ebook)

Michael Eric Dyson Know What I Mean? (2010) [ebook]

Murray Forman, The 'hood comes first : race, space, and place in rap and hip-hop (2002) [ebook]

Murray Forman & Mark Anthony Neal (eds) That's the joint! : the hip-hop studies reader (2004)

Nelson George, Hip Hop America (2005)

Zenzele Isoke, Urban black women and the politics of resistance (2013), ch.7) [Ebook]

Robin D. G. Kelley, Yo’ Mama’s disfunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997)

Bakari Kitwana, Why white kids love hip-hop : wankstas, wiggers, wannabes, and the new reality of race in America (2005)

Michael B. MacDonald, Remix and Life Hack in Hip Hop (2016) [ebook)

Monica R. Miller, Religion and hip hop (2013)

M. Morgan. ‘The world is yours’: the globalization of hip-hop language'. Social Identities. 22, 2, 133, Mar. 2016

Mark Anthony Neal, What the music said: black popular music and black public culture (1999)

Mark Anthony Neal, New black man: Tenth Anniversary Edition (2015)

James Braxton Peterson The hip-hop underground and African American culture: beneath the surface (20140 [ebook]

Gwendolyn D. Pough. Check it while I wreck it : Black womanhood, hip-hop culture, and the public sphere (2004)

Tricia Rose, Black noise: rap music and black culture in contemporary America (1994) [ebook]

Tricia Rose, The hip hop war: what we talk about when we talk about hip hop--and why it matters (2008) [ebook]

DJ Semtex, Hip hop raised me (foreword, Chuck D) (2016)

Lester K. Spence, Stare in the Darkness : The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics(2011). [ebook] conclusion

Tim Strode and Tim Wood (eds), The hip hop reader (2008)

Greg Tate, Flyboy 2 : the Greg Tate reader (2016) [ebook]

Greg Tate, Flyboy in the buttermilk : essays on contemporary America

Touré, Who's afraid of post-blackness? : what it means to be Black now (2011)

Elijah Wald, Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (OUP, 2014)

Craig Watkins, Hip hop matters : politics, pop culture, and the struggle for the soul of a movement (2005) [ebook]

Justin A Williams, The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop

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