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01.08.03 10:45 PM

Hip Hop Rules...Not?

Aight I know I was supposed to put up pics from Hotlanta, and they are still coming. But in the meantime...

"Hip Hop History Lesson," by Maori Karmael Holmes, WireTap, January 8, 2003:
"History is almost always told by the side that wins. The stories of the defeated and oppressed are often missing from "classical" texts and it therefore falls to the surviving generations to pass them on. Many of these stories are forever lost in the tides of time. But every so often, generations later, a curious descendent seeks out these forgotten histories and retells them."

"Into this tradition enters Dan Park, a.k.a. DYP tha Goldynchild, a twenty-something, East Coast bred and born, Ivy League-educated, Korean-American emcee, who was recently inspired to put on wax the story of the brutal forty-year occupation of Korea by the Japanese. WireTap recently spoke to Dan about his new song "35 Yearz" — a magnificent attempt to seek redemption for his ancestors."— More...

"Foucault's Turntable," by Hua Hsu, The Village Voice, January 8 - 14, 2003
"'Like Craig Mack said, here comes a brand-new flava in your ear!' Professor Todd Boyd is hyping his latest book, The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip-Hop (NYU Press), but it's not so much what he's saying as how he says it that captures the ear. His argument begins in a rich, methodical tone, elegantly scripting the fall of the previous generation alongside the rise of a new hip-hop ethos, occasionally punctuated with a line lifted from Jay-Z or Nas."— More...

And a bonus from Trent:
"Has Hip-Hop Replaced the Civil Rights Movement?," by Artelia C. Covington, Black Press USA, January 01, 2003:
"I believe that hip-hop has replaced the Civil Rights Movement because a new generation has emerged, and being Black now is a lot different than it was during the Civil Rights Movement," says author-cultural critic Todd Boyd, about his latest book, H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip-Hop. "Hip-hop to me is the sort of thing that cuts across all boundaries and races the way the Civil Rights Movement did. I'm not denouncing the Civil Rights Movement for what it stood for, I'm simply saying that it was useful in some ways and in some ways it wasn't - it's played out now.""— More...

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