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Miyakawa, assistant professor of musicology at Middle Tennessee State University, offers "the first in-depth study of the Five Percent Nation," a fine study of the influential sect, an offshoot of the Nation of Islam. The Five Percent Nation counts Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu and members of Wu-Tang Clan as past or present members, and has spread its message through ideological rap/hip-hop music, known as "God Hop." With expressive writing and selective research, Miyakawa introduces the reader to a new world, where African-American rappers practice clean living, observe vegan lifestyles and seek to elevate their community through proud lyrics, exhorting youth to "civilize" themselves. Miyakawa explains the origins and religious beliefs of Five Percenters, including that modern black people are the descendants of an ancient, advanced "Moorish" civilization. The Five Percenters derive their name from the belief that 5% of all people are the "poor righteous teachers" who extol the "Black Man of Asia" as the "Living God[s]." Using her musicology background, Miyakawa explains the layered, dynamic and inventive compositions of God Hop music. She is quick to point out that Five Percenters are varied and difficult to categorize, which makes her work all the more admirable. Despite occasional dense writing, and a second-to-last chapter that lacks the intellectual punch of the others, Miyakawa has an infectious fondness for her controversial but stimulating subject. (June)
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"Miyakawa (Middle Tennessee State Univ.) examines a breakaway sect of the Nation of Islam known as the Five Percent Nation, which produces music known as God hop. God hop rappers see themselves as teachers. Since 9/11 and the 2002 beltway sniper killings in the Washington, DC, area, this group and its musicians, known as Five Percenters, have come under more and more fire. The author divides the book, which originated as her dissertation, into two parts: in the first part she discusses the theology and history of Five Percent Nation; in the second she examines the tools that God hop musicians use to bring their message to the masses. Including appendixes of Five Percent Nation rappers, a glossary, a discography, and indexes of songs and performers in addition to the standard apparatus, this is an interesting examination of a little-known musical genre and culture. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." ―B. L. Eden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Choice, December 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Profiles in Popular Music
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253217636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253217639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deedee on November 26, 2012
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Learning so much about this religion/movement/life style. Well written, at times, straight academics. Casts light on possible meanings behind some of my favorite Hip Hop songs. No complaints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on July 29, 2013
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Extremely insightful book into the Five Percenters and their connection to the Hip-Hop culture. Very well written with extensive research into the culture and history.
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By ldream on April 17, 2014
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This book was a super boring read for a even moderatly experianced hip hop artist or anyone who is familiar with music theory. The book reads like a down the lines grocerie list with so much being rattled off and thrown at the reader in such rapid short sucession that its difficult to take away any real depth from it. The begining 1/3 of the book was the most interesting actually explaining what a 5 percenter is. The rest of the book seems to pick on and pick apart/name the lyrics and break down their flows over the beats. Which had really more to do with music theory than anything to actually do with God Hop or defining a five percenter. It felt added to use up space in the book and kill time more than anything. Because the five percenter deffinition is relativly simple. Id recomend the book "How to Rap" by Kool G Rap over this book anyday. Use a wiki for five percenter and save your money!
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