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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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Obama and the Future of Hip-hop Politics

Obama and the Future of Hip-hop Politics

(p.157) Conclusion Obama and the Future of Hip-hop Politics
Stare in the Darkness

Lester K. Spence

University of Minnesota Press

This book represents an attempt to examine the core questions of black politics as well as the politics of the present, using rap and hip-hop as the vehicle for interpretation. Black popular culture is often an instrument for the recirculation and consumption of political ideas, given its disseminating force. This chapter then addresses the 2008 presidential campaign, when hip-hop was arguably used to elect Senator Barack Obama as president. His election signaled the growing integration of hip-hop into the American political structure, affirming that rap consumption and exposure do shape political attitudes. The most important question to bear in mind in moving forward is the issue of the neoliberal turn in black politics, with neoliberalism defined as a set of restrictive public policies affecting the behavior of elected representatives.

Keywords:   black politics, black popular culture, hip-hop, Barack Obama, rap consumption, rap exposure, neoliberalism

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