Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop

Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop

by Michael Eric Dyson

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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 tackles the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture.

Know What I Mean? addresses the creative expression of degraded youth; 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; and the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hops.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465018079
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 591,869
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Intro Jay-Z     ix
Prelude: "What's Beef?": Hip Hop and Its Critics     xiii
"How Real is This?"     1
Prisons, iPods, Pimps, and the Search for Authentic Homes     3
"This Dark Diction has Become America's Addiction"     39
Language, Diaspora, and Hip Hop's Bling Economy     41
"It's Trendy To Be the Conscious MC"     59
Culture, Rhetoric, Crack, and the Politics of Rap     61
"Cover Your Eyes As I Describe a Scene So Violent"     89
Violence, Machismo, Sexism, and Homophobia     91
(The Gender Remix): "Nappy-Head Ho's, Worse Than Bitch Niggaz"     123
Don Imus, the Crisis of Patriarchy, and the Death and Rebirth of Hip Hop     125
Outro: Nas     153
Special Thanks     157
Index     159
About the Author     171

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