Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - Music - 190 pages
The Five Percent Nation is a controversial organization and a substantial cultural force. Also known as Five Percenters, this offshoot of the Nation of Islam has employed commercial rap, or God Hop, to teach its beliefs, comment on relevant issues, and recruit new members. Rap artists such as Erykah Badu and Queen Latifah are past members of the Five Percent Nation; GURU and Wu-Tang Clan are currently affiliated.Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission examines the phenomenon from musical, historical, and cultural perspectives. Such a kaleidoscopic approach is necessary given the Five Percent Nation's complex theology--grounded in Black Muslim traditions, black nationalism, Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) symbolism, Masonic mysticism, and Gnostic spirituality--its historical ties to major movements and moments in American history, and its deep involvement with popular culture.
 

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Contents

Building a Nation
9
The Five Percenter Way of Life
23
Lyrics
41
Flow Layering Rupture and Groove
73
Sampling Borrowing and Meaning
100
Album Packaging and Organization
123
Reaching the Blind Deaf and Dumb
136
Five Percenter Rap Musicians
141
Glossary
143
Notes
145
Bibliography
169
Discography
177
General Index
179
Index of Songs and Performers
Music Credits
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