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Rabaka, Reiland. The Hip Hop Movement: From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation.

Rabaka, Reiland. The Hip Hop Movement: From R&B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013, pp.516, ISBN: 0739182439.

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This book offers a critical theory and alternative history of rap music and hip hop culture by examining their roots in the popular music and popular cultures of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement. Connecting classic rhythm & blues and rock & roll to the Civil Rights Movement, and classic soul and funk to the Black Power Movement, thus, the book explores what each of these and their movements contributed to rap, neosoul, hip hop culture, and the broader hip hop movement. Hence, the work reveals that Black popular music/culture have always been more than merely "popular music" and "popular culture" in the conventional sense and thus, reflect a broader social, political, and cultural movement. With this in mind, the author reinterprets rap and neo-soul as popular expressions of the politics, social visions, and cultural values of a contemporary multiissue movement. Next, the author argues that rap music, hip hop culture, and the hip hop movement are as deserving of critical scholarly inquiry as previous Black popular music, such as the spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, soul, and funk, and previous Black popular movements.

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Publication:Journal of Pan African Studies
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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