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Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King Paperback – February 28, 2011
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As a professor in Community College, we are always challenged to motivate students toward learning so that they can possibly seek a 4 year degree upon completion of this 2 year associate's. Within 5 minutes of reading the introduction to my Literature class last week, I was floored to see how many students had questions. "Dr. Parker you like Jay-Z too", "Dr. Parker, does Jay-Z respond to Dr. Bailey in this book", "Dr. Parker, I think Jay-Z is better than the rappers my age"...Honestly, it had been 2 months since I had that level of enthusiasm in my classroom. Immediately I ordered 2 additional copies and I have the book being ciruculated around the classroom and the college.
Great Read, but a better resource for classroom interaction and critical discussions!! I will be ordering this for by College Writing class in the Fall.
For the non-teacher but lover of ideas this book will situate you in the world of the popular culture icon, Jay-Z. Not only will you take a glimpse into the public personae of this hip hop giant, but you will pierce the minds of scholars, teachers, activists, and artists who are engaging in discussions of Jay-Z's impact to our world. You will learn about Jay-Z as a philanthropist, an activist, an artist, and a man while hopefully, appreciating his impact and investigating his complexity.
The Hip Hop studies aficionado will find some established names in the discipline (Toni Blackman, Davey D, Bakari Kitwana) while also being introduced to other academicians and authors who are organically linked to the tradition and who use hip hop as a mode of scholarship and a way of investigating the world. Additionally, you will be surprisingly grasped by its attention to situation Hip Hop within the traditional classroom structure.Read more ›
Recognizing this absurd world, Dr. Julius Bailey, a profound philosopher with long stretching wisdom on hip hop and youth culture, aims to connect to students through their lived experiences and engage them by, "giving credence to what they are exposed to [in their daily lives]". Bailey claims that students today adopt the views of the mainstream version of today's philosopher -- hip hop artists -- in part due to the powerful influence of language and the frequency with which music is played.Read more ›
Historically, hip hop buffs witnessed an explosion of conscious rap in the 1980's through the 90's. This time period known as "The Golden Age" represented the influence hip hop had on society and political activism. This form of rap served as an art form where African Americans were able to discuss social problems such as project life, violence, and living in poverty. However, over time the dominate form of hip hop in the music industry began to change.Read more ›