From its humble beginnings within the Bronx to its transformation right into a multibillion-dollar international business, hip hop has stirred fixed and contentious debate. Avoiding the straightforward caricatures that both have fun or condemn this highly effective motion, S. Craig Watkins produces one of the crucial thorough accounts of hip hop but. Hip Hop Issues delves deeply into the outstanding world that hip hop has created and comes up with a portrait that's as massive, courageous, and vibrant because the motion itself. Readers see the brilliance and blemishes of hip hop's entrepreneurial elite and likewise uncover a thriving digital underground, hip-hop impressed literature, younger political activists, and the motion's personal intelligentsia. Watkins punctuates this meticulously researched ebook with revealing anecdotes and astute evaluation of the company takeover of hip hop, the tradition's march into America's faculties and universities, and the rampant misogyny threatening hip hop's progressive potential. He additionally affords revealing portraits of a few of hip hop's most intriguing personalities-Sylvia Robinson, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Hype Williams, and Eminem-and influential brands-FUBU and Def Jam. Finally, we see how the wrestle for hip hop reverberates in a world larger than hip hop: international media, racial and demographic change, the reinvention of the pop music business, city politics, the ethical and public well being of younger folks, and their relentless want to be heard and revered. It's the spectacular convergence of those and different points that makes hip hop one of many extra compelling tales of our time. Which individuals and what forces are vying to regulate a motion that has develop into a profitable popular culture business in addition to an rebel voice for the younger and the disenfranchised? Watkins's incisive and well timed ebook decisively solutions the query and exhibits why now, greater than ever, hip hop issues. From the Hardcover version.http://books.google.com/books/previewlib.js
Raised up in The Inner City Projects Called FAIRFIELD COURT Located In The (HEART) City Of Richmond, Va by a single Black Woman who I call (MOM). How Hard Can That Be, I know you would probably guess that with ONE CHILD it wouldn't be so hard, BUT it wasn't, it was (MIGHTY HARD), To Raise A Young Boy
(ESPECIALLY ONE LIKE ME) to be a Grown Man a Father ? My Mother worked HARD you hear me. 2 jobs, one in the early morning and One in Late Evenings. I am being 1000000 with you when I say this, (NOT 100) most of the time when she left in the Morning for work, she never returned home until late evening, it was straight to the part time job from that Morning Job, just to provide for Herself and Me. You know some, Now that I am grown, or have grown up, I KNOW HOW HARD THAT WAS FOR HER. (THESE DAYS, THAT'S GOTTA BE EVEN HARDER, I WOULD BELIEVE. ) Some -things do change, but never MY MOM'S LOVE FOR ME. What did change was ME. I started growing up, became a father @ 20 (KINDA GOOD THOUGH RIGHT?), went through a lot of turmoil though, Dropped Out Of School. (TOOK MOM THROUGH HELL - YOU HEAR ME!). and YES, I KNOW I DID... NOW. I end up GOING TO JAIL on her (MY MOM) Shit, (MY WIFE) to, a couple of times. Matter of Fact, to Keep it 1000000 That's all I did for small things though, like Driving. I end up having 4 more Kids, with (WIFE) whom I love dearly, like any father would. NOW, My Mom works a part time job now, Maybe a couple, (STILL ABOUT THAT MONEY) and she's Retired,from Her full time Job. BUT ONE THING, MOM don't only take care of HERSELF & Me now, BUT (MY KIDS) Her Grandkids. HEY, What can I say, SHE'S MY MOM. "Love you Mother".. and THANKS.. BUT Y'ALL STILL GOTTA REMEMBER, >>> (I AM A PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT) <<<
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