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April 26, 2006

Check This: The Vinyl Ain't Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture

I just got word that my contributor copy of THE VINYL AIN'T FINAL Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture is en route!


The anthology is edited by Dipannita Basu and Sidney Lemelle.

This is the publisher's description: In the preface of The Vinyl Aint Final, Robin Kelley exclaims Hip Hop is Dead! Long Live Hip Hop, and the rest of the contributors in this edited volume respond by providing critical perspectives that bridge the gap between American-orientated hip hop and its global reach.

From the front lines of hip hop culture and music in the USA, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Tanzania, Cuba, Samoa and South Africa, academics, poets, practitioners, journalists, and political commentators explore hip hop -- both as a culture and as a commodity. From the political economy of the South African music industry to the cultural resistance forged by Afro-Asian hip hop, this potent mix of contributors provides a unique critical insight into the implications of hip hop globally and locally. Indispensable for fans of hip hop culture and music, this book will also appeal to anyone interested in cultural production, cultural politics and the implications of the huge variety of forms hip hop encompasses.

The Table of Contents:
Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley

Introduction by Dipannita Basu and Sidney Lemelle


1. For the People, TRIBUTE, and REDBONE. by Umar Bin Hassan

2. A Rap Thing, On Rapping Rap. and For Mario: Homeland and Hip Hop, by Mumia Abu-Jamal

3. Hip Hop: As a Culture and Generation by Dipannita Basu

4. Nobody Knows My Name and an interview with the Director Rachel Raimist: A Female Hip Hop Film Maker by Dipannita Basu and Laura Harris

5. From Azeem to Zion-I: The Evolution of Global Consciousness in Bay Area Hip Hop by Eric K. Arnold

6. Head Rush: Hip Hop and a Hawaiian Nation On the Rise. by Adria L. Imada

7. War At 33 1/3: Culture and Politics Across the Afro-Asian Atlantic. by Sohail Daulatzai


8. Deathening Silence: The Terms of (Non) Political Commentary Rap by John Hutnyk

9. 'Keeping it Real in a Different Hood: African-Americanization and Hip Hop in Germany by Tim Brown

10. Africa on Their Mind: Rap, Blackness and Citizenship in France by Veronique Helenon

11. Cuban Hip Hop: Underground Revolution by Annelise Wunderlich

12. Between Our Islands We Dance: Hip Hop and the Samoan Diaspora by April K. Henderson

13. Negotiating Ethnicity and Authenticity in Tokyos Club Harlem by Rhiannon Fink

14. Globalization and Gangster Rap: Hip Hop in the Post Apartheid City by Zine Magubane

15. 'Ni Wapi Tunakwenda: Hip Hop Culture and The Children of Arusha by Sidney J.Lemelle


About the Contributors


Racism Alive and All Too Well

reading cnn.com came across story about this game:


in the game you shoot mexican nationalists, drug dealers, and breeders (yes, pregnant women running across the border with children). comes with lots of blood and racial slurs, too. all in the name of "fun".

on this aryan kkk site you can play this and other ofensive games like these (all flash based):


see for yourself (sorry, you have to hit their site to do it).

the media is beginning to cover the story, which is good, but how many will really support the MAY 1st actions? if you are in minneapolis, get RALLY INFO HERE.


Generation Renovation - Raimist Home, St. Louis

So it's been a minute since I've posted. Too much going on for real. (More on that soon, promise!) For now, see my brother's house and his "tower of love" featured on "Generation Renovation" on HGTV.


Small Quicktime (5mb) HERE

Medium Quicktime (12.9mb) HERE