RHYME IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE: HIP HOP AND THE CREATION OF A POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
This book demonstrates that Black media, specifically radio, often presents elements of Hip Hop deemed nihilistic and materialistic and void of a progressive worldview. Subsequently, Hip Hop cultures political philosophy is scarcely and infrequently broadcast to a wide audience. A specific case study of Atlantas radio stations concurrent with a general study of Black radio nationally supports these findings. The data reveals that Black radio in Atlanta as well as the nation is subversive to the politicized ideals of Hip Hop Culture. This is especially true of commercial Black Radio. Competition for market shares, control formats, ambivalence toward politicized music and artists, and the blatant commodification of opprobrious aspects of HC, incapacitates and distorts HCs political value.
In addition, this book explores a subculture commonly termed "the underground" to determine whether it is a source of Hip Hop cultures political philosophy. A survey of college students at four of the nations Black colleges was conducted. These include Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, and Clark Atlanta University. The data determined the political ideas of participants and whether they adhered to, or disregarded its political philosophy. Lastly, the model of a political system was applied to Hip Hop to access the nature of the interactions between both.
In summary, this book is an empirical examination of Hip Hops political philosophy, the artists who produced such materials, the institutions who control access and exposure to such materials, and participants ability to distinguish between political and non-political material. It is an answer to all the untested claims that Hip Hop culture is a political institution equipped with a political philosophy.
- Publisher : Africa World Press (June 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592213189
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592213184
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.25 x 8 inches