The Hip Hop Movement From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-04-04
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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The Hip Hop Movement contains five remixes (as opposed to chapters) that offer a critical theory and alternative history of rap music and hip hop culture by examining their roots in the popular musics and popular cultures of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement. Connecting classic rhythm & blues and rock & roll to the Civil Rights Movement, and classic soul and funk to the Black Power Movement, The Hip Hop Movement critically explores what each of these musics and movements' contributed to rap, neo-soul, hip hop culture, and the broader Hip Hop Movement. Ultimately, The Hip Hop Movement's remixes reveal that black popular music and black popular culture have always been more than merely popular music and popular culture in the conventional sense and most often reflect a broader social, political, and cultural movement. With this in mind, The Hip Hop Movement critically reinterprets rap and neo-soul as popular expressions of the politics, social visions, and cultural values of a contemporary multi-issue movement: the Hip Hop Movement.It is hip hop's supporters and detractors belief in its ability to inspire both self transformation and social transformation that speaks volumes about the ways in which what has been generally called the Hip Hop Generation or the Hip Hop Nation has evolved into a distinct movement that embodies the musical, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, social, and political, among other, views and values of the post-Civil Rights Movement and post-Black Power Movement generation. Throughout The Hip Hop Movement sociologist and musicologist Reiland Rabaka argues that rap music, hip hop culture, and the Hip Hop Movement are as deserving of critical scholarly inquiry as previous black popular musics, such as the spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, soul, and funk, and previous black popular movements, such as the Black Women's Club Movement, New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Black Arts Movement, and Black Women's Liberation Movement. In equal parts an alternative history of hip hop and a critical theory of hip hop, this volume challenges those scholars, critics, and fans of hip hop who lopsidedly over-focus on commercial rap, pop rap, and gangsta rap while failing to acknowledge, as the remixes here reveal, that there are more than three dozen genres of rap music and many other socially and politically progressive forms of hip hop culture beyond DJing, MCing, rapping, beat-making, break-dancing, and graffiti-writing.

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