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4.0 out of 5 stars How deep does this rabbit hole go?
Never before have I encountered a work of literature that approaches Hip-Hop from this unique perspective. The Black Dot examines the current state of Hip-Hop and determines that the culture that was once a true and honest expression of Black life in the inner city is now just a mere facsimile (although distorted) of that expression. The idea that the art-form has been...
Published on September 12, 2008 by Toxiknightmare

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Some good idea's but so many of them are not backed up with any credibility imo.Waste of money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How deep does this rabbit hole go?, September 12, 2008
This review is from: Hip Hop Decoded (Paperback)
Never before have I encountered a work of literature that approaches Hip-Hop from this unique perspective. The Black Dot examines the current state of Hip-Hop and determines that the culture that was once a true and honest expression of Black life in the inner city is now just a mere facsimile (although distorted) of that expression. The idea that the art-form has been purposely co-opted is not new, however, The Black Dot utilizes an analogy to the movie "The Matrix" to creatively show readers the depth of the proverbial "rabbit hole" that is "The Matrix of Hip-Hop".

Hip-Hop Decoded consists of essays that range from pure research to highly speculative in nature. There are several eyebrow raising summaries that might be just at home in a science fiction anthology suggesting that readers be equipped with an open mind before taking the plunge into this imaginative work. Those already familiar (even slightly) with some of the ideas of the NOI or the 5% Nation(Nation of Gods & Earths) will find The Black Dot's essays ideologically reinforcing, but you don't have to be a subscriber to the above mentioned beliefs to fully embrace his ideas.

One might describe this book as a Hip-Hop collection of conspiracy theories quite possibly along the same lines as Francis Cress Welsing's "The Isis Papers". The Black Dot exercises IMAGINATION with a sampling of history and research to illustrate the hyper-reality that has consumed Hip-Hop with fake thugs, pimps, gangstas, ho's and the whole nine. Only those with an open mind need apply. "Hip-Hop Decoded" is definitely another salvo in the assault of Afrofuturist theory, but it's NOT to be pigeon-holed into an un-evolving creatively stagnant collection that fails to add anything new to speculative thought and imaginative theory.

I highly recommend approaching this book with the aim of gaining a unique perspective on the reason for the staleness of today's Hip-Hop music. Factually speaking, most of The Black Dot's ideas have yet to be proven, but there is no doubt that SOMETHING is killing the music that used to have some redeeming qualities to it. Hip-Hop Decoded is designed to "unplug" your attachment to what is represented as Hip-Hop on the radio, tv and magazines and inject a fresh creative outlook on the circumstances we find ourselves in in relation to the music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, September 7, 2008
This review is from: Hip Hop Decoded (Paperback)
A most acurately and informative view of the culture of Hip Hop as it relates to today's America and its African ancestry. If you consider yourself to any kind of Hip Hop or "rap" fan you have got to purchase this masterpiece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, September 11, 2008
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Being from the "old school" it was somewhat difficult for me to get with 'Hip Hop". However,I had been in search for it's origin. After reading a few chapters I have truly been enlightened. The information and presentation was right on point. One can sense the passion shown by the author in understanding the true value of something great being plagiarized, destorted, and corrupted.
I strongly reccomend this book to anyone who want to know the "TRUTH" about "Hip Hop"
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Iceman2008", August 30, 2008
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I believe this writer should win an oscar. This is one of the best books I've, ever read on the truth about hip hop. I know this writer personally. I am a huge fan. He really shows the spritual side of hip hop. Black Dot is one of the greatest griots, of true hip hop today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world!, May 12, 2007
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This is a great book. The author has put together a good work. For hip hop fans with their 3rd eyes open, this book will be like talking to a friend. This book is more like a conversation to the enlightened reader. It's a good piece to add to your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Hip Hop Decoded, April 3, 2011
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This book is a must read for those who seek the knowledge of the true elements of the African Experience in the form of hip hop: earth, air, fire, water, and knowledge. Hip Hop is a microcosm of the ancestral way, which makes the original people, the greatest.

Black Dot should be hailed as the premier teacher on this subject, as he explains it like no other. He's detailed, precise, truthful, and unforgiving. Hip Hop Decoded should be required reading in all schools of race and creed, but most importantly, in the homes where the African Diaspora congregates.

For those that understand the importance of the Great Teachers like Phil Valentine, Ray Hagins, Ashra Kwesi, Professor Griff, Bobby Hemmit, Dr. Ben, Steve Cokely, Sister Soldjah, Dr.Leonard Jeffries, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Anthony Browder, the late John Henrik Clarke, the late El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, the late Khalid Muhammed and so many others, Black Dot deserves to be honored in that same class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Decoded, December 23, 2006
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Rarely does a book merit the status of being called a classic; this

is one of those rare occasions. HIP HOP DECODED is more than a mere

book, it is a scripture, a guide for the 'hip hop' generation.

Similar to an ancient papyrus, coded with instructions to awaken the

god within, this book expands reader's consciousness and helps to de-

activate the conceptual incarceration program designed by the

architects of the matrix. Not following traditional writing

guidelines, the author intertwined fiction with non-fiction in a

perfect kaleidoscope of creative story-telling and accurate hip hop

chronology. It includes the total history of hip hop.

"The Chaos Realm," named by the author, is cited as being the most

powerful era of hip hop. It is from "The Chaos Realm" that the Gods

created a template from which the world of hip hop emanated.

Using "The Chaos Realm" as a starting point, the author proves how

the 'hip hop' culture was purposely taken away from its creators and

diabolically used as a weapon of destruction to control the masses.

The chapters "The Theys", parts I, II, and III, are written well

enough to have been a best selling novel, as a separate book. The

chapter "What If" challenges readers to think about, and analyze

carefully, recent hip hop situations.

The chapter "The Science of the Chosen Ones(s)" is a diamond among

the other gems in this book. It deconstructs the matrix's oldest

program of creating a messiah-type character for the masses to

follow.

I whole-heartily recommend this book; it encompasses much more than

rappers and the 'hip hop' culture. It is an analysis of how the 'hip

hop' reality is created, perceived and controlled.

In years to come, this book will be compared to The Coldest Winter

Ever, because of its impact on both readers and writers. HIP HOP

DECODED represents the next evolution in Black literature from

ghetto/hip hop/street literature to the genre of the urban scholar.

Everyone should read it.

Reviewed by Granderson Glenn II

for RAWSISTAZ & BMR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biological Psychology, March 28, 2006
This review is from: Hip Hop Decoded (Paperback)
This book is definitely a pinael gland/black dot energizer! If you're not in cipher with the God mind you will not like this book, however if you believe that God is man and man is God then this is a must read. Shem Hotep!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, April 28, 2014
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okay so I am half way though the book and I like it so far. I like how the author just doesn't talk about hip hop the who times it switches and gives you a outlook of different points to make you understand better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, April 17, 2014
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Wow this book takes you on a roller coaster ride of what's really going on in hip hop today very informative truly a great read
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