Hip Hop's Amnesia

Hip Hop's Amnesia : From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement

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What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the spirituals, classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, and bebop? What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the Black Women's Club Movement, New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Hipster Movement, and Black Muslim Movement? In Hip Hop's Amnesia award-winning author, spoken-word artist, and multi-instrumentalist Reiland Rabaka answers these questions by rescuing and reclaiming the often-overlooked early twentieth century origins and evolution of rap music and hip hop culture.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739174916
  • 9780739174913

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Reiland Rabaka has made an intellectual contribution to the study of Black art, has indeed remixed it, in a way that rivals the sonic contributions of Ron G - the Godfather of the Remix himself. More than enough discussion of hip-hop omits the cultural, political and historical contexts out of which hip-hop emerged and in which it currently exists demanding just this kind of assault on our imposed amnesia. Rabaka is to be commended for his contribution and recognized as the intellectual force he is and which his subject(s) truly deserve. -- Jared A. Ball, Morgan State University In Hip Hop's Amnesia, Rabaka offers a comprehensive analysis of the forgotten historical legacy of hip hop music, culture, and politics. Some say hip hop is more than music -Rabaka proves it. Others point to hip hop as the latest in the lineage of African American expressive forms -Hip Hop's Amnesia details it. Insisting on placing African American music, from the blues to hip hop, within its broader context, Rabaka deftly illustrates the interplay of music, culture, and politics while paying close attention to the politics of class, gender, and sexuality in inter- and intra-racial relations. If we need to know where we're from in order to know where we're at, then Rabaka is an important narrator in this process. -- Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern University Rabaka (African, African American, and Caribbean studies, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) set out to fill gaps in the literature with regard to hip-hop's interconnectedness with earlier 20th-century black musical forms and cultural expressions. He is largely successful in this pursuit: this is not a retread of earlier work on hip-hop's origins, a subject well covered in countless books. Rabaka is a virtual encyclopedia of hip-hop and black culture...The work raises many provocative and important questions, not only about hip-hop's development but also about black culture in general. In addition, the unique concept of using "remixes" instead of chapters is refreshing; subheadings are employed throughout to break up the five lengthy "remixes." Summing Up: Recommended. CHOICE Reiland Rabaka's Hip Hop's Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement contribute to and expand the conversation on rap and hip hop's cultural, aesthetic, political, and social value. Employing the language and critical techniques of rap artists, Rabaka "sample" histories of American popular music and political activism. Through their efforts, this forgotten or ignored history comes to have immediate and radical implications for an academic, as well as a more general, audience. Rabaka offers an expansive reading of the genre's history. Rabaka's Hip Hop's Amnesia effectively accomplishes the ambitious project of charting the political, aesthetic, cultural, and social origins and precursors to what he terms the "hip hop movement." Callaloo Reiland Rabaka's approach to the social, musical and most of all the political past of the style(s) is quite an enterprise...What Rabaka most convincingly succeeds at then is the survey of the many forefathers of hip hop, a remix in a way; this expression carries most of his arguments in the study. Jive-Talk.comshow more

About Reiland Rabaka

Reiland Rabaka is an associate professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Humanities Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an Affiliate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program and a Research Fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA). He is the author of ten books, including Against Epistemic Apartheid; Hip Hop's Inheritance; and The Hip Hop Movement. He is also the recipient of the Cheikh Anta Diop Distinguished Career Award.show more

Table of contents

Introlude: Acknowledgements Introduction: African American Movement Music: On Hip Hop's "Partial or Total Loss of Memory" Surrounding Classical Black Popular Music and Classical Black Popular Movements Remix 1: "Back to the Old School!": On the "Old School" Origins and Evolution of Rap Music, Hip Hop Culture, and the Hip Hop Movement Remix 2: "Lifting As We Climb!": Classic Blues Queens and the Black Women's Club Movement, Neo-Soul Sistas and the Hip Hop Women's Movement Remix 3: Jazzmatazz: From Classic Jazz and Bebop to Jazz Rap and Hip Hop Remix 4: "If We Must Die!": The New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Homosexual Hip Hop Movement Remix 5: The Hip Hop Movement: From Merely Rap Music To A Major Multi-Issue Socio-Political Movementshow more

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