Hip-Hop and Philosophy Rhyme 2 Reason

ISBN-10: 0812695895

ISBN-13: 9780812695892

Edition: 2005

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Description: Is there too much violence in hip-hop music? What's the difference between Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop culture a "black" thing? Is it okay for N.W.A. to call themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to call everybody bitches? These witty, provocative essays ponder these and other thorny questions, linking the searing cultural issues implicit -- and often explicit -- in hip-hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. The book shows that rap classics by Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the Notorious B.I.G. can help uncover the meanings of love articulated in Plato's "Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can shed light on the conception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's "Summa Theologica; and explores the connection between Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. "Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and reason, far from being incompatible, can be mixed and mastered to contemplate life's most profound mysteries.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

African-American writer, educator, and activist Cornell West was educated at both Harvard and Princeton University, where he earned both his M. A. and Ph.D. West has served as the W. E. B. DuBois Lecturer at Harvard University and is currently a professor at Harvard University. West wrote Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America, two novels about the controversial issues surrounding African-Americans today.

Foreword
Shout Outs
From Rhyme to Reason: This Shit Ain't Easy
Da Mysteries: God, Love, and Knowledge
Yo! It Ain't No Mystery: Who Is God?
Ain't (Just) 'bout da Booty: Funky Reflections on Love
"You Perceive With Your Mind": Knowledge and Perception
What's Beef? Ruminations on Violence
"Y'all Niggaz Better Recognize": Hip Hop's Dialectical Struggle for Recognition
Rap Aesthetics: Violence and the Art of Keeping It Real
"F**k tha Police [State]": Rap, Warfare, and the Leviathan
That's How I'm Livin': Authenticity, Blackness, and Sexuality
Does Hip Hop Belong To Me? The Philosophy of Race and Culture
Queen Bees and Big Pimps: Sex and Sexuality in Hip Hop
Grown Folks' Business: The Problem of Maturity in Hip Hop
Word Up! Language, Meaning, and Ethics
Knowwhatumsayin'? How Hip-Hop Lyrics Mean
Girl Got 99 Problems: Is Hip Hop One?
"For All My Niggaz and Bitches": Ethics and Epithets
Fight the Power: Political Philosophy 'n the Hood
Microphone Commandos: Rap Music and Political Philosophy
Halfway Revolution: From That Gangsta Hobbes to Radical Liberals
Criminal-Justice Minded: Retribution, Punishment, and Authority
Gettin's Dis'd and Gettin' Paid: Rectifying Injustice
After ... Word! The Philosophy of the Hip-Hop Battle
Beats & Rhymes! A Selected Discography
The Crew
The Hip-Hop Head Index
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