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Stare in the DarknessThe Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics$
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Lester K. Spence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669875.001.0001

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Stare in the Darkness

Lester K. Spence

University of Minnesota Press

This book is primarily concerned with the politics ingrained within rap and hip-hop’s production, circulation, and consumption. There are four aspects to be examined: rap and hip-hop’s popularity, visibility, and speed; its use in addressing black politics; the political and economic context of the post-post-civil rights era; and the political nature of black popular culture in general. African-American scholar Adolph Reed argues that one of the reasons black politics has not modernized is because arguments about black culture are preferred over rational consideration of black political interests. The book then inquires about the nature of these politics, and under what circumstances black popular culture informs and sustains political movements.

Keywords:   rap, hip-hop, black politics, post-post-civil rights era, black popular culture, Adolph Reed

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