The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves by H. OsumareThe Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves by H. Osumare

The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves

byH. Osumare

Paperback | July 14, 2008

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This book explores how a vital, expressive culture, which began in a New York black and Latino impoverished working-class community, has become a global delineating sign of the new millennium.
Halifu Osumare is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at University of California, Davis
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Title:The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power MovesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:July 14, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230609619

ISBN - 13:9780230609617

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Power Moves from the Hip Hop Nation to the Hip Hop Globe * Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes, and Def Moves: The Africanist Aesthetic Meets the Hip Hop Globe * Beat Streets in the Global Hood: Hip Hop's Connective Marginalities * Props to the Local Boyz: Hip Hop Culture in Hawai'i * "It's All about the Benjamins:" Postmodernism and Hip Hop's Appropriation

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"Now in the time where corporations have extracted the economic DNA of American hip-hop to fuel their bottom line with the lowest common denominator, Halifu Osumare's reach into the global importance of the genre is a much needed cultural reclamation. With the power of rap music as a new world language, hip-hop's style and substance is an explosive supplement to the new millennium that is currently lacking knowledge on world cultural and social history, as well as geography. The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop gives us a way to plough through these new global dynamics."--Chuck D, Public Enemy  "It may seem as though hip-hop has suddenly gone global, but Halifu Osumare’s The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop is a timely and important reminder that hip-hop has always lived in a world larger than the boundaries we impose upon it."--Mark Anthony Neal, Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture, and co-editor, That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader  "Halifu Osumare's work—a power move in and of itself—compels us to acknowledge the power of technology and capitalism to co-opt and transform a culture-specific phenomenon into a global assault—for better or worse. It is required reading for those of us interested in the social, political, and cultural shifts that shake and quake our worlds. Highly recommended."--Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of The Black Dancing Body, Waltzing in the Dark, and Digging The Africanist Presence in American Culture "Osumare provides compelling evidence of a global diaspora of hip-hop. Layered yet conversational text assumes more than passing familiarity with cultural theorists whom Osumare discusses alongside rap artists... Highly recommended." —CHOICE "[A] reminder that the global is at the heart of hip-hop culture, which from the start has borrowed, appropriated, and sampled from cultures around the world." --Sujatha Fernandes, Queens College, City University of New York