Stare in the Darkness

Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics
TitleStare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics
Publication TypeMagazine
Year of Publication2011
AuthorSpence, Lester K.
PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
Place PublishedMinneapolis
Publication Languageeng
ISBN or ASIN Number816669880
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Rap's critique of police brutality in the 1980s. The Hip Hop Political Convention. The rise (and fall) of Kwame Kilpatrick, the "hip-hop mayor" of Detroit. Barack Obama echoing the body language of Jay-Z on the campaign trail. A growing number of black activists and artists claim that rap and hip-hop are the basis of an influential new urban social movement. Simultaneously, black citizens evince concern with the effect that rap and hip-hop culture exerts on African American communities. To what extent are African American hopes and fears about hip-hop's potential political power justified? In Stare in the Darkness, Lester K. Spence answers this question with a blend of neoliberal analysis, survey data, experiements, and case studies. By considering the possibilities inherent in the most prolific and prominent activities of hip-hop politics, Stare in the Darkness reveals, in a clear and practical manner, the political manner, the political consequences of rap culture for black politics.