You Must Learn! A Primer in the Study of Hip-Hop Culture:
- radically exposes Hip-Hop's true origins!
- is the first book to explore Hip-Hop's pre-history!
- illuminates the role of consciousness in Hip-Hop's politics!
- challenges the reader to examine the role of Black masculinity/femininity in Hip-Hop culture!
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I. Chapter One - Hip-Hop Primer
I. Origins and Influences: Why I Love Hip-Hop!
II. Hip-Hop and Academia: Partners or Enemies?
II. Chapter Two - A Cursory Pre-History of the Art Form
I. What Can We Learn from the Study of Hip-Hop?: A Pre-History of Hip-Hop
II. Reconstruction, Music, and the Underpinnings of Hip-Hop
III. African Americans and the Developing Church
IV. Reconstruction Era
V. Further Readings
III. Chapter Three - A Cursory History of Hip-Hop and Generations of Conscious Hip-Hop
I. Forerunners to Hip-Hop (the Pre-Generation)
II. The Beginnings of Hip-Hop
III. Kool Herc
IV. Afrika Bambaataa
V. King Grandmaster Flash
VI. Sylvia Robinson
VII. Grandmaster Melle Mel
VIII. Further Readings
IV. Chapter Four - The Infrastructure of Hip-Hop
I. The Infrastructure of Hip-Hop: Elements of Hip-Hop
II. Deejaying: Origins
III. Master of Ceremony: The Craft of Emceeing
IV. B-Boying: Gliding on Concrete
V. Graffiti: The Science of Contemporary Hieroglyphics
VI. Aesthetic Musical Production: Beat-Boxing and Sampling
VII. Further Readings
V. Chapter Five - The Transcontextual Meta-Imaginary
I. A Paradigm Shift: The Transcontextual Meta-Imaginary
II. Module 1: Post-World War II
III. Module 2: Pop Media (1950-1970)
IV. Module 3: Manufactured Economic Underdevelopment
V. Module 4: Economic Warehousing, Imprisonment, and Ghettoization
VI. Further Readings
VI. Chapter Six – The Unspoken Heard: Voices of Dissent in Politics and Conscious Hip-Hop
I. Hip-Hop: The Black CNN and Political Unrest
II. Consciousness in Hip-Hop
III. Funkin’ Around the Whole World: Afrofuturism and the Significance of Creative Expression
IV. Further Readings
VII. Chapter Seven – Masculinity and Femininity in Hip-Hop
I. Black Feminism, Intersectionality, and the Politics of Theory
II. Black Feminisms: the Value of Constructive Femininities in Hip-Hop
III. New Black Masculinities: Black Masulinism and New Trajectories for Black Manhood
V. Further Readings