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Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

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The author of the award-winning "CanOCOt Stop, WonOCOt Stop" assembles the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the future of the most important cultural movement of our time"
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 8th 2007)
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Jeff Chang compiles a completely thorough, almost anthropological discourse between the origins of hip-hop and its creative brainchildren. I almost treat this as my cultural bible, my go-to book for approaching my own work as a visual artist. It's important to me to remind myself of where I come from musically and culturally, that I often get lost through the cracks, worrying that I had no absolute foundation. This book provides a lot of historical evidence, that hip-hop isn't just a money-makin ...more
Melissa Phung
Hip-hop is often categorized with rap music. In the past two decades, hip-hop has transformed dance, theatre, poetry, literature, fashion, photography, film, and more, to become one of the most innovative and transformative arts movements. In Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, Jeff Chng, an American Book Award-winning journalist, assembles some of the most influential voices in hip-hop to evaluate the most important cultural movement of our time. His anthology includes: Greg Tate, M ...more
Disclaimer: I only read the roundtable on multiculturalism and the conversation on feminism.

I love that the topics were discussed rather than spoken from the perspective of just one person.

This was essential to the themes of both pieces I read because they deal with complexities within hip-hop. For example, in the essay on feminism, the discussion addresses what it feels like to be a black male feminist, what it feels like, as a woman, to love dancing to a song with sexist lyrics, whether the
Leonard Pierce
There's some interesting stuff in this anthology, but the lack of a strong authorial voice (despite the cover, Chang only edited the book) and some obscure and over-academicized material weakens it overall.
Great comprehensive look at the realms hip hop has exploded into in the past thirty years.
Sidik Fofana
(six word reviews #15) Mr.Chang, me for the next anthology.
Joe Viola
Good read, not great.
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