Growing up in New York City during hip hops infancy gave Dr. Usher a unique perspective on it's evolution. This is a fascinating read for any hip hop head.
"This book examines the political philosophy of Hip Hop culture, which the author asserts, has its roots in the religious and political worldviews of Black Theology and African -American variants of Islam. This political philosophy is considered as clearly visible within Hip Hop. However, its historical source, influence on the music and artists, and contemporary impact are rarely examined. Hence, a concurrent focus of the author is to examine the void between content and exposure. The void is a symptom of the historical argument debating the functional utility of art. In its contemporary form, this historical argument is clearly reflected in the data gathered on Black radio’s negative impact and its inability to spread Hip Hop’s formidable political ideology."
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press (June 2005)
Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces