Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalismby Charise Cheney, Sanford V. Levinson
Pub. Date: 08/01/2005
Publisher: New York University Press
Brothers Gonna Work It Out considers the political expression of rap artists within the historical tradition of black nationalism. Interweaving songs and personal interviews with hip-hop artists and activists including Chuck D of Public Enemy, KRS-One, Rosa Clemente, manager of dead prez, and Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, Cheney links late/b>… See more details below
Brothers Gonna Work It Out considers the political expression of rap artists within the historical tradition of black nationalism. Interweaving songs and personal interviews with hip-hop artists and activists including Chuck D of Public Enemy, KRS-One, Rosa Clemente, manager of dead prez, and Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, Cheney links late twentieth-century hip-hop nationalists with their nineteenth-century spiritual forebears.
Cheney examines Black nationalism as an ideology historically inspired by a crisis of masculinity. Challenging simplistic notions of hip-hop culture as simply sexist or misogynistic, she pays particular attention to Black nationalists’ historicizing of slavery and their visualization of male empowerment through violent resistance. She charts the recent rejection of Christianity in the lyrics of rap nationalist music due to the perception that it is too conciliatory, and the increasing popularity of Black Muslim rap artists.
Cheney situates rap nationalism in the 1980s and 90s within a long tradition of Black nationalist political thought which extends beyond its more obvious influences in the mid-to-late twentieth century like the Nation of Islam or the Black Power Movement, and demonstrates its power as a voice for disenfranchised and disillusioned youth all over the world.
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Table of Contents
1 From the Revolutionary War to the “Revolutionary
Generation”: Some Introductory Thoughts on Rap Music, Black Nationalism, and the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism
2 “We Men Ain’t We?” Mas(k)ulinity and the Gendered Politics of Black Nationalism
3 Brothers Gonna Work It Out: The Popular/Political Culture of Rap Music
4 Ladies First? Defining Manhood in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism
5 Representin’ God: Masculinity and the Use of the Bible in Rap Nationalism
6 Be True to the Game: Final Reflections on the Politics and Practices of the Hip-Hop Nation
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