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Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy.

by Houston A. Baker Jr. University of Chicago Press 5801 Ellis. Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 110 pages--$16.95 (hardcover)

Finally, a leading African-American academician/writer/scholar has discovered "Rap" as a major African-American cultural phenomenon as well as a unique musical genre, and decided to do a scholarly analysis of it as something more than just noise and nastiness (although some of it actually is).

Baker stumbles into the hip-hop cultural phenomenon by accident, it seems, at a 1992 Unity Weekend program in Philadelphia while on another literary quest, and is propelled headlong into this African-American cultural morass only to emerge a different, broader scholar.

Enthusiastic, fresh writing from a master African-American literary voice.
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Author:Kazi, Kuumba Ferrouillet
Publication:The Black Collegian
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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