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Know What I Mean?

Know What I Mean?

Reflections on Hip-Hop
June 2010
Trade Paperback · 208 Pages
$13.95 U.S. · $17.50 CAN · £7.99 U.K. · €9.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465018079
Basic Civitas Books

 

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Description

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.

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.