Somebody Scream!: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power

Somebody Scream!: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power

“A strong and timely book for the new day in hip-hop. Don’t miss it!”—Cornel West For many African Americans of a certain demographic the sixties and seventies were the golden age of political movements. The Civil Rights movement segued into the Black Power movement which begat the Black Arts movement. Fast forward to 1979 and the release of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” With the onset of the Reagan years, we begin to see the unraveling of many of the advances fought for in the previous decades. Much of this occurred in the absence of credible, long-term leadership in the black community. Young blacks disillusioned with politics and feeling society no longer cared or looked out for their concerns started rapping with each o

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