The Hip Hop Generation

The Hip Hop Generation

Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture

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Baker & Taylor
A critical examination of the generation of black Americans born between 1965 and 1984 considers its historical significance, disproportionate incarceration and unemployment rates, collapse of gender relations, and experience as revealed by its music. 25,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
For black youth, can hip hop can be this generation's salvation?

Young blacks born between 1965 and 1984 belong to the first generation to have grown up in post-segregation America. Their historical significance is tremendous, but until now there has been no in-depth study of the African American youth who are making this important chapter in our nation's history. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America's sharpest young cultural critics, offers a sobering look at his generation's disproportionate incarceration and unemployment rates, as well as the collapse of its gender relations, and gives his own provocative social and political analysis. He finds the pain of his generation buried in tough, slick gangsta movies, and their voice in the lyrics of rap music, "the black person's CNN." By turns scathing, funny, and analytic, The Hip Hop Generation will stand as the testament of black youth culture at the turn of the century. With extraordinary insight and understanding, Bakari Kitwana has combined the culture and politics of his generation into a pivotal work in American studies.

Book News
Editor and music reviewer Kitwana is an influential analyst of rap music and hip-hop culture. Here he argues that the essence of today's Black youth culture lies much deeper than the basic elements of hip-hop culture, and looks beyond the music, break dancing, graffiti, dj-ing, style, and attitude to find the seeds of the next generation's struggle against racism in the US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Offers a look at the first post-segregation African American generation and discusses the views and attitudes of the "hip-hop generationers," black Americans born between 1965 and 1984.

Publisher: New York : Basic Civitas, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780465029785
Branch Call Number: 305.235 KITWA
Characteristics: xxii, 230 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: Includes index


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