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Hip Hop and Philosophyby Derrick (edt) Darby
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Witty, provocative essays ponder thorny questions, linking the searing cultural issues in hip-hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. This volume proves that rhyme and reason can be mixed and mastered to contemplate life's most profound mysteries.
Book News Annotation:
For those whose slang is older than any hip-hop disciple currently practicing, finding Socrates and Kant wandering amongst the dancing and oddly-dressed hordes may be a bit disconcerting. However the contributors of these 16 essays (sorry, "tracks") assert that the themes of philosophy and hip-hop are closely bound, and prove it in such topics as the search for God, love and knowledge; the elements of violence against one another and as an organized communal act; the interrelated concerns of authenticity, race and sexuality; the beauty and pain inherent in language, meaning and ethics; and the ability of both hip-hop and philosophy to inform and engage politics. The editors include a discography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Is there too much violence in hip-hop music? Whats the difference between Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop culture a "black" thing? Is it okay for N.W.A. to call themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to call everybody bitches? These witty, provocative essays ponder these and other thorny questions, linking the searing cultural issues implicit — and often explicit — in hip-hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. The book shows that rap classics by Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the Notorious B.I.G. can help uncover the meanings of love articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can shed light on the conception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the connection between Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and reason, far from being incompatible, can be mixed and mastered to contemplate life's most profound mysteries.
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