Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar: Hip Hop Revolution The Culture and Politics of Rap

This is a solid cultural history of hip hop It is well researched with helpful thematic material highlighted and organized so that both those familiar with the genre and cultural products and those new to the study can find useful information Not exactly new territory is being explored here but I think his analysis of race and identity in hip hop is one of the better takes. In the world of hip hop eeping it real has always been a primary goal and realness takes on special meaning as rappers mold their images for street cred and increasingly measure authenticity by ghetto centric notions of Who's badderIn this groundbreaking book Jeffrey O G Ogbar celebrates hip hop and confronts the cult of authenticity that defines its essential character that dictates how performers walk talk and express themselves artistically and also influences the consumer market Hip Hop Revolution is a balanced cultural history that looks past negative stereotypes of hip hop as a monolith of hedonistic unthinking noise to reveal its evolving positive role within American societyA writer who's personally encountered many

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Fun to read an informative history and background the artists songs and lyrics that comprise this genre He covers a lot of ground and demonstrates the complexity of Hip Hop as well as its strengths and controveries that have characterized it since it went mainstream in the late 80 s It would be ideal if Professor Ogbar could do a follow up to this to capture the Obama era Uniue and credible voice to show how complex contested and malleable these codes of authenticity are Most important Ogbar persuasively challenges widely held notions that hip hop is socially dangerous to black youths in particular by addressing the ways in which rappers critically view the popularity of crime focused lyrics the antisocial messages of their peers and the volatile politics of the word nigga Hip Hop Revolution deftly balances an insider's love of the culture with a scholar's detached critiue exploring popular myths about black educational attainment civic engagement crime and sexuality By cutting to the bone of a lifestyle that many outsiders find threatening Ogbar makes hip hop realer than it's ever been before.

I ve read Great book Started off a bit slow for me but certainly picked up steam Well thought out although his wording gets ind of clunky overall there is a flow to it It does read like someone s thesis defense and a strong one at that Both a very good primer and refresher on the history of Hip Hop in the US Having grown up with a lot of this music in the background it was. F hip hop's icons Ogbar traces hip hop's rise as a cultural juggernaut focusing on how it negotiates its own sense of identity He especially explores the lyrical world of rap as artists struggle to define what realness means in an art where class race and gender are central to expressions of authenticity and how this realness is articulated in a society dominated by gendered and racialized stereotypesOgbar also explores problematic black images including minstrelsy hip hop's social milieu and the artists' own historical and political awareness Ranging across the rap spectrum from the conscious hip hop of Mos Def to the gangsta rap of 50 Cent to the underground sounds of Jurassic 5 and the Roots he tracks the ongoing uest for

Jeffrey O G Ogbar is associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut He is author of Black Power Radical Politics and African American Identity and edited the volume The Civil Rights Movement Problems in American Civilization