On the earth of hip-hop, “keeping it real” has all the time been a number one goal—and realness takes on special which means as rappers mold their images for street cred and increasingly more measure authenticity by ghetto-centric notions of “Who&aposs badder?”
In this groundbreaking book, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar celebrates hip-hop and confronts the cult of authenticity that defines its very important character—that dictates how performers walk, talk, and express themselves artistically and likewise influences the patron market. Hip-Hop Revolution is a balanced cultural history that appears past negative stereotypes of hip-hop as a monolith of hedonistic, unthinking noise to show its evolving positive role inside of American society.
A creator who&aposs in my view encountered many of hip-hop&aposs icons, Ogbar traces hip-hop&aposs upward push as a cultural juggernaut, that specialize in the way 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 the way this realness is articulated in a society dominated by gendered and racialized stereotypes.
Ogbar also explores problematic black images, including minstrelsy, hip-hop&aposs social milieu, and the artists&apos own historical and political awareness. Ranging around 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 continuing quest for a singular and credible voice to turn how complex, contested, and malleable these codes of authenticity are. Such a lot essential, Ogbar persuasively challenges widely held notions that hip-hop is socially dangerous—to black youths specifically—by addressing the ways through which rappers critically view the recognition of crime-focused lyrics, the antisocial messages in their peers, and the volatile politics of the word “nigga.”
Hip-Hop Revolution deftly balances an insider&aposs love of the culture with a scholar&aposs detached critique, exploring popular myths about black educational attainment, civic engagement, crime, and sexuality. By cutting to the bone of a way of life that many outsiders in finding threatening, Ogbar makes hip-hop realer than it is ever been before.