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Fight The Power

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Chuck D, the creative force behind Public Enemy and one of the most outspoken, politically active and controversial rappers in music, discusses his views on everything from rap and race to the problems with politics in society today.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Dell Publishing Company
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Aug 06, 2007 Gabe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literates
Chuck is a very interesting guy. Having listened to his records and heard him speak, I've always felt he tends to beat around the bush a lot, but when he does make his point, it's very insightful. This book is no different. There are lots of mistakes as far as grammar in this thing (some are intentional "hip-hop" spelling mistakes while others are unintentional and should have been caught by the editor). Even so, it's a pretty decent read. I especially liked the chapter that covered Public Enemy ...more
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I liked this book because it said things that everybody should already know, and nobody ever mentions. Like, a whole lot of no-bullshit, proper observations about people and society. Of course, it also gave a lot of propers to the authors' rap group (understandable, but still a cheesy way to market yourself) and some people I'm not sure about, like Minister Farrakhan. Sure as hell ain't my place to judge, but I can't say I'm behind any separatist movement. Seems regressive.. or somethin.
An amazing documentation of HipHop/Rap through the years. It's an encyclopedia to the community, to the mistakes and evolution over the decades. All with a sincere approach to storytelling. It has funny bits as much as it gets into more serious business tips. I would suggest this read to the youth that think LMFAO is good rather than just a funny performance!
I liked it, but the book is over 10 years old. I got it used and some of the incidents he references without explanation, I rembember hearing about but since they're so far in the past I don't remeber the details. I like the explantions of some of the thought behind PE's lyrics.
I first read this for a Youth Culture course I took during undergrad and have since used excerpts of it (the chapter "Black Community, Where Ya At?") in my teaching. Chuck D's ideas are frightening, brilliant, and revolutionary.
this is a morning train book
a little rough when compared to some current blogs
but commendable for the message it is putting out there and
the fact that there aren't too many books out there by rappers, period.
Read it for an awesome class with Dr. George White :)
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