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Prophets of the Hood is the most comprehensive and intellectually original study to date of hip hop as a complex and innovative literary narrative form. Written with a refreshing blend of savvy critical rigor and brave and imaginative narrative verve, Imani Perry’s study is an impressive analysis of late-twentieth-century American popular culture.”—Daphne A. Brooks, Princeton University


“Imani Perry has written the most subtle and nuanced treatment of hip hop that I know. Her complex view of hip hop as black democratic space subject to prophetic utterance and mainstream cooptation is powerful. Her call for the local engagement and global vision of the underground to revitalize hip hop is compelling. Her seminal work should silence all naive or ignorant trashers of this vital cultural form!”—Cornel West, Princeton University


“Imani Perry’s Prophets of the Hood is an extraordinary and brilliant book. Eschewing a rigid division between the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ in hip hop, she takes the discussion of rap to new depths and greater heights with a probing analysis of the poetic and political dimensions of the art form. With lucid explanations, crisp writing, and sharp analysis, Perry has managed to actually say some very important things in a strikingly fresh manner. With the storytelling skills of Nas, the passion of Tupac, the lyrical dexterity of Lauryn Hill, the verbal mastery of Talib Kweli, and the conceptual acuity of krs-One, Perry has produced a stunning, magnificent work of art.”—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur

About the Author

Imani Perry is a Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822334461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822334460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thorough and dynamic work. Academic writing style full of information to be savored over time or devoured in an enrapturing read.
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By CHARLES YOUNG-BEY on December 24, 2014
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Must read if you are a music lover or HIP HOP head
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adebayo on March 25, 2013
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What a language and voices that we ahve been avoiding for ages? It has become loud and clear that we may not be able to ignore the Prophet amd its message , if we want a bright and constructive future. Good and timely delivered.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry Johnson on February 23, 2006
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Imani Perry is a wonderful writer and analyst. Her book is remarkable in its approach to the subject of Hip Hop's role in the black community.
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8 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Long on December 10, 2007
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To write a book about rap and hip hop, and to not once mention homophobia, is an extremely glaring oversight.
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