The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-Hop and the Gods of New York

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With a cast of characters ranging from Malcolm X to 50 Cent, Knight’s compelling work is the first detailed account of the movement inextricably linked with black empowerment, Islam, New York, and hip-hop. Containing unrivalled insider access to the movement’s elders, oral histories, and community literature, this fast-paced investigation uncovers the Five Percenters’ icons and heritage, and examines their growing influence in urban American youth culture. Including coverage of Brooklyn turf gangs, the Attica ...
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With a cast of characters ranging from Malcolm X to 50 Cent, Knight’s compelling work is the first detailed account of the movement inextricably linked with black empowerment, Islam, New York, and hip-hop. Containing unrivalled insider access to the movement’s elders, oral histories, and community literature, this fast-paced investigation uncovers the Five Percenters’ icons and heritage, and examines their growing influence in urban American youth culture. Including coverage of Brooklyn turf gangs, the Attica prison uprising, 1980s crack empires, and the stars of Five Percenter rap, Knight explores the origins and development of this controversial community, and reveals the hidden reality behind the myths, rumours, and hearsay. Michael Muhammad Knight converted to Islam at the age of sixteen after reading the autobiography of Malcolm X. He is the author of The Taqwacores, the cult novel credited with inspiring 'Muslim Punk Rock'.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781851686155
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 385,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi List of Plates viii Introduction xi
1 Mecca 1
2 Desert Fathers 9
3 Clarence and Malcolm 32
4 The Blood Brothers 42
5 Allah 49
6 The Burning Mosque 65
7 Matteawan 74
8 Allah and the Mayor 92
9 Swarms of Devils 117
10 The Lives of Nations 130
11 Warrior Stripes 142
12 Belly of the Beast 160
13 Song of the Gods 177
14 The Builders Build 187
15 Mothers of Civilization 208
16 The Azreal Question 226
17 The Road to Cream City 237
18 Show and Prove 258 Appendix of Names 271 Notes 274 Index 297
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    Informative

    This is the best information I've found on this culture. It cleared up some misconceptions that I've found in other writings. Knowing the rich, proud history behind this culture has helped me finalize a decision to join the Nation.

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