Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality

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Payback Press, 1999 - Hip-hop - 274 pages
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Chuck D, the creative force behind Public Enemy and one of the most outspoken, politically active and controversial rappers in music, discusses his views on everything from rap and race to the problems with the politics of the 1990s. Before Gangsta Rap dominated the media and rode the airwaves, Chuck D and Public Enemy were redefining the sound of contemporary music with their brand of socially conscious, politically charged, bass-crunching music. His lyrics challenged mainstream notions of racial justice and rallied for self-empowerment, so much so that he became known as "Black America's CNN". This book draws on the material Chuck D discusses in the lectures he gives across the United States, the result of provocative assessments of black culture today.

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Excellent. Clear concise and an accurate depiction of the continued social injustices that black america encounters EACH day. If you want to know the real deal this is amust read. Read full review

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An amazing documentation of HipHop/Rap through the years. It's an encyclopedia to the community, to the mistakes and evolution over the decades. All with a sincere approach to storytelling. It has ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Chuck D is the founder of and lead rapper for Public Enemy, which has a fan base of over 20 million people, and is considered one of the pioneers of rap music. He was recently honoured by the Patrick Lippert Humanitarian Award for his work with the "Rock the Vote" campaign.Yusuf Jah is the author of Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of America's Youth in the Crossfire. He has also written two other books relating to the black community and has lectured in colleges all across the U.S.A.

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