Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop

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Basic Books, Jun 1, 2010 - Music - 171 pages
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Whether along race, class or generational lines, hip-hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them. America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it. Dubbed "the Hip-Hop Intellectual" by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in the academy and beyond, Michael Eric Dyson is uniquely situated to probe the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture. 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; 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 intellectual engagement with some of hip hop's most influential figures. In spite of changing trends, both in the music industry and among the intelligentsia, Dyson has always supported and interpreted this art that bloomed unwatered, and in many cases, unwanted from our inner cities. For those who wondered what all the fuss is about in hip hop, Dyson's bracing and brilliant book breaks it all down.

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User Review  - noodlejet22 - LibraryThing

Dyson talks about hip-hop and what it means in the political realm, for the future, for now, for women and how we can be active participants in enjoying and cultivating this often bashed art form. The ... Read full review

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This is the book my generation has been waiting for. After the remarks of Bill Cosby, many intellectuals and artists have been chiming in with regards to their distaste for hip hop. After Wynton ... Read full review



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Michael Eric Dyson has been named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, and is the author of fourteen other books. He is the University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and lives in Washington, D.C.

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