Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King

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Julius Bailey
McFarland, Feb 28, 2011 - Music - 223 pages
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Jay-Z is one of America's leading rappers and entrepreneurs, as well known for his music as for his business acumen. This text seeks to situate Jay-Z within his musical, intellectual and cultural context for educational study. Thirteen essays address such topics as Jay-Z's relevance to African-American oral history, socially responsible hip hop and upward mobility in the African-American community. By observing Jay-Z through the lens of cultural studies, this study assists the teacher, student, scholar, and fan in understanding how he became such an historically significant figure. Each essay includes a set of review questions meant to spark discussion in the classroom.
 

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User Review  - Melkor81205 - LibraryThing

If you are looking for a biography of Jay-Z, skip this one. This is a collection of essays mostly on Jay-Z's social and cultural impact. Like with any book written by numerous authors, some essays ... Read full review

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User Review  - nluvwithx - LibraryThing

Most of time , Rappers or any of the Hip-Hop Impresarios get a bad RAP! Misunderstood is what I like to call it!.In this book, Dr Bailey lays the foundaton to introduce readers to what is an unbias ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
3
The Groundwork
23
The Challenges
97
About the Contributors
211
Index
213
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Julius Bailey is a visiting professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and lead professor of philosophy and religion at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has written about music for numerous publications, including Vibe Magazine and The Source Hip Hop Magazine.

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