The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop

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Todd Boyd
Type: eBook
Released: 2003
Publisher: NYU Press
Page Count: 192
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814798950
ISBN-13: 9780814798959
From Library Journal This misguided thesis takes its title from the first solo album by Prodigy of the rap group Mobb Deep, H.N.I.C. ("Head Nigga in Charge"). Boyd (critical studies, Univ. of Southern California, Sch. of Cinema-Television) intends to illustrate the pervasive influence of hip-hop, to the point that it obliterated the effects of the Civil Rights Movement. However, he fails to provide ample evidence: after dismissing Martin Luther King and others' efforts in a mere three pages, he pontificates on comedian Chris Rock and hip-hopreneur Russell Simmons, among other topics, in prose that mixes poststructuralist rhetoric ("tropes") with gutter slang ("muthafucka"). In addition to that problematic polarity, the book is shot through with sweeping generalizations, distorted braggadocio, and a tired, threadbare caucasophobia. All in all, Boyd talks more about himself than the music and movement. Scholars seeking a deconstructionist perspective on rap music will be far better served by Russell Porter's Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism. A collection of cogent, insightful interviews with rap pioneers, It's Not About a Salary: Hiphop in Los Angeles from the Watts Prophets to the Freestyle Fellowship remains the richest primary sourcebook on the sociopolitical significance of this important genre. Not recommended.Bill Piekarski, Angelicus Webdesign, Lackawanna, NY Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "A convincing and entertaining case that hip-hop matters, Boyd's reading [of hip hop] is nothing less than inspired." -- Mother Jones"Elegantly script[s] the fall of the previous generation alongside the rise of a new hip-hop ethos…." -- Village Voice"The New H.N.I.C. brilliantly observes pivotal moments in hip hop and black culture as a whole." -- Black Issues Book Review"The New H.N.I.C. is the voice of a generation and stands poised at the vanguard of our future." -- Quincy Jones

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