Writing the Future of Black America
Literature of the Hip-hop Generation
Characterized by the pursuit of empowerment through hybridity, social criticism, and personal expression, hip-hop has become the music and culture of choice for a sizable portion of America, regardless of race or socioeconomic standing. Meanwhile the writers of this generation have received little serious critical attention, aside from singular book reviews and occasional essays. Grassian fills in a gap in the discourse with his thorough analysis of the works crafted by these distinguished hip-hop writers, and he makes a case for the validity and value of studying their sophisticated engagements with race in contemporary America. Selected because their work addresses a broad range of African American life, these writers fathom such topics as what it means to be African American or multiethnic in an increasingly global society, what role art and literature play in affecting their communities, and what positive and negative authority has been assigned to popular culture (and hip-hop culture specifically) in modern African American life.
About the Author
"The hip-hop generation has been discussed, deconstructed, and devalued. Grassian's goal is to bridge the gap between music and literature. . . . In doing so, he begins to close the divide between hip-hop writers and hip-hop literary critics and showcases both the conflicts and convergences of the hip-hop generation."—Choice
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