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Alan LightStand back! Todd Boyd brings the ruckus in this provocative look at how hip hop changed everything from the jailhouse to the White House—and why it truly became the voice of a new generation.
“If you want to understand the direction of music today, read this book. Boyd expertly chronicles the birth of Hip Hop, its impact on all music and how the language and music defines a generation.”
- Tom Freston,CEO, MTV Networks
“Stand back! Todd Boyd brings the ruckus in this provocative look at how hip hop changed everything from the jailhouse to the White House—;and why it truly became the voice of a new generation.”
-Alan Light,Editor-in-Chief, Spin Magazine
|Perface : game recognize game|
|Who we be : introducing the new H.N.I.C.||1|
|1||No time for fake niggas : hip hop, from private to public||24|
|2||Brothas gonna work it out : hip hop's ongoing search for the real||44|
|3||Can't knock the hustle : hip hop and the cult of playa hatin'||61|
|4||Head nigga in charge : Slick Willie, Slim Shady, and the return of the "white negro"||102|
|Epilogue : where's the love?||139|
Posted October 29, 2002
If, like me, you've noticed hip hop's growing influence over every facet of our culture, and wondered what's up, this book is a must-read. Dr. Boyd shows us how and why hip hop has taken over and what it means for society at large. His analysis is insightful, provocative and occasionally hilarious. Once you see Eminem, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Combs and Russell Simmons through Boyd's lens, and hear him break down the lyrics, you'll understand why Biggie and Tupac get more props now than Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King; why both urban and suburban youngsters have fallen under hip hop's spell, and why this culture now rules on Madison Avenue and in Hollywood. And by the end of the book, like me, you might even come to appreciate it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.