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It's Bigger Than Hip Hop

The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

M. K. Asante, Jr.

St. Martin's Press

In It's Bigger Than Hip Hop, M. K. Asante, Jr. looks at the rise of a generation that sees beyond the smoke and mirrors of corporate-manufactured hip hop and is building a movement that will change not only the face of pop culture, but the world.

Asante, a young firebrand poet, professor, filmmaker, and activist who represents this movement, uses hip hop as a springboard for a larger discussion about the urgent social and political issues affecting the post-hip-hop generation, a new wave of youth searching for an understanding of itself outside the self-destructive, corporate hip-hop monopoly.
 
Through insightful anecdotes, scholarship, personal encounters, and conversations with youth across the globe as well as icons such as Chuck D and Maya Angelou, Asante illuminates a shift that can be felt in the crowded spoken-word joints in post-Katrina New Orleans, seen in the rise of youth-led organizations committed to social justice, and heard around the world chanting "It's bigger than hip hop."

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Chapter 1

The Post-Hip-Hop-Generation

Now, as then, we find ourselves bound, first without, then within, by the nature of our categorizations.

—JAMES BALDWIN

All the fresh styles always start off

as a good lil’ hood thang;

look at blues, rock, jazz, rap . . .

By the time it reach Hollywood it’s over,

but it’s cool, we just keep it goin’ make new shit.

—ANDRÉ 3000

"The hip-hop generation," a tag typically rocked by Blacks and browns born after the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, certainly

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"An empowering book that moves you to action and to question status quo America. Reading It's Bigger Than Hip Hop is motoring through a new generation of America with one of its best storytellers."

- Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times

"M.K. Asante, Jr. combines drive, skill and a commitment that buoys us all. The hip hop community should feel extremely blessed to have those qualities attached to its forward movement."

- Chuck D

"M.K. Asante, Jr. is a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance."

Philadelphia Inquirer

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • M. K. Asante, Jr.

  • M.K. Asante, Jr. is an award-winning poet, filmmaker and creative writing and screenwriting professor at Morgan State University. He is also the author of LIKE WATER RUNNING OFF MY BACK and BEAUTIFUL. AND UGLY TOO.  His films include the internationally acclaimed documentary, 500 Years Later and The Black Candle.

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It's Bigger Than Hip Hop

The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

M. K. Asante, Jr.

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