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Hip Hop Matters by S. Craig Watkins

Hip Hop Matters

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Hip Hop Matters by S. Craig Watkins
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Aug 01, 2006 | ISBN 9780807009864

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Watkins wisely chooses to focus on what has not been said . . . [and] tells his version of hip-hop’s history in lyrical prose, often mirroring the rhythms and wordplay of the music he’s discussing. This is undoubtedly a book for fans, but it is also an intriguing look at how hip-hop has become part of a universal cultural conversation. -Publishers Weekly

“Offering a fast-moving and well-researched book, Watkins successfully unearths some of the disturbing and encouraging implications of hip-hop culture.” -Library Journal

“Quite an exposition of all things hip-hop.” -Mike Tribby, Booklist

“Watkins well understands the challenges facing the nascent hip-hop political movement.”–Adam Bradley, Washington Post

“Watkins sets his tome apart with a meticulous attention to the facts . . . He leaves few stones unturned examining the endless influence of hip-hop on the world around us, always with a critical eye.”–URB

“Watkins’s study is the best yet on the hip-hop industry. Watkins has provided nothing less than a political economy of hip-hop, one that doesn’t shy away from the dirty business hip-hop has become . . . He’s also attentive to the way hip-hop was affected by the appalling rates of incarceration and AIDS in black communities.” –Greg Tate, The Nation

“With Hip Hop Matters, S. Craig Watkins establishes himself as one of the most insightful observers and critics of hip hop culture.”–Michael Eric Dyson

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