Saturday, February 14, 2009

All About the Beat

I enjoyed this book and agreed with most of its message. Here are some of my favorite parts:

"Hip-hop is an upturned middle finger--which is different from really working on how to help people."

"Too often for it to be an accident, I have found that people making big claims about the potential for hip-hop to affect politics or create a revolution have mysteriously little interest in politics as traditionally understood, or political change as it actually happens, as opposed to via dramatic revolutionary uprisings."

"Hip-hop is all about the beat, but real world activism is all about the work."

"I once attended a talk by a black academic who decorated his points with lines from old blues songs. Every time he chanted one of those lines, a good portion of the black people in the audience would mm-hmm warmly...What warmed them was the sheer cadence of the man's utterance of the lines. Each time he quoted a line, it was like bringing the audience to church for a few seconds. He went over well--but the truth was that, that night at least, he never actually said much of anything."

"People who think hip-hop is politics are falling for the visceral sense that beat, pulse, feel, is meaning, and in a "realer" way even than words, sentences, logical connections, genuinely "conscious" thought."

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