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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"
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Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 8th 2007)
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Carlo
Jun 23, 2012 Carlo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Cecilia
Sep 30, 2016 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my History of Jazz class and it was surprising interesting. The discussions, the papers, the different topics covered really interested me.
Melissa Phung
Sep 15, 2011 Melissa Phung rated it it was amazing
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
Rubayya
Feb 05, 2012 Rubayya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leonard Pierce
Sep 14, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Joe Viola
Good read, not great.
Sidik Fofana
Mar 20, 2008 Sidik Fofana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(six word reviews #15) Mr.Chang, me for the next anthology.
Karlyn
Jul 23, 2007 Karlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great comprehensive look at the realms hip hop has exploded into in the past thirty years.
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Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music.

His first book, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He edited the book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. Who We Be: The Colorization of America, was released on St. Martin's Press in Octobe
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