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Stare in the darkness : the limits of hip-hop and Black politics

Spence (political science, Johns Hopkins U.) asks how hip-hop and black politics interface with and shape each other. He examines hip-hop's power and its limitations in helping effect positive political changes for the black community. He argues that rap and hip-hop's politics both mirror and reproduce the neoliberal narrative and the most dominant aspects of black politics. He looks at the history of black politics, analyzes rap lyrics for thematic content, examines the consumption of rap and how it relates to, and affects attitudes of black youth, and looks at how hip-hop interfaces directly with current political issues
Print Book, English, ©2011
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, ©2011
245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780816669875, 9780816669882, 0816669872, 0816669880
Introduction: follow me into a solo
In this journey, you're the journalist: rap lyrics, neoliberalism, and the Black parallel public
A little knowledge is dangerous: consuming rap and political attitudes
Follow the leader: hip-hop activism and the circulation of black politics
Put here to be much more than that: the rise and fall of Kwame Kilpatrick
Conclusion: Obama and the future of hip-hop politics