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The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book offers the first systematic, scholarly analysis of the complex relationship between hip hop and politics in the era of Barack Obama. It invites readers to reassess how the historical ... More


Introduction: The State of Hip Hop in the Age of Obama

Erik Nielson and Travis L. Gosa

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter provides an introduction to the history, music, and political developments of hip hop. Beginning with an interview with Atlanta emcee Killer Mike and his 2012 song “Reagan,” the ... More


Message from the Grassroots: Hip Hop Activism, Millennials, and the Race for the White House

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explores the shifting landscape of race, class, and the role generational divides play in political mobilization, activism, and political commentary in the age of Obama. It demonstrates ... More


It’s Bigger Than Barack: Hip Hop Political Organizing, 2004–2013

Bakari Kitwana and Elizabeth Méndez Berry

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the role of activism and youth engagement in the 2004, ’08, and ’12 presidential elections. Drawing on work with grassroots political organizations and interviews with the five ... More


“There Are No Saviors”: An Interview with Kevin Powell

Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This interview with author and community activist Kevin Powell explores the disappointment felt by many in the hip hop community that Obama’s first term failed to deliver the hope and change that was ... More


“Obama Nation”: Hip Hop and Global Protest

Sujatha Fernandes

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter offers a brief but wide-reaching view of the role of hip hop in global protest movements, including the Arab Spring. While many rappers in the U.S. endorsed Barack Obama, the chapter ... More


“Change That Wouldn’t Fill a Homeless Man’s Cup Up”: Filipino American Political Hip Hop and Community Organizing in the Age of Obama

Anthony Kwame Harrison

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the music and community organizing of the Filipino American hip hop movement on the West Coast. Through in-depth interviews with members of the rap group Power Struggle, as ... More


One Day It Will All Make Sense: Obama, Politics, and Common Sense

Charlie Braxton

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter uses the controversy surrounding Common’s 2011 poetry reading at the Obama White House to examine the politicization of poetry, hip hop, and presidential politics. The cultural event ... More


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