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Hip Hop World by Dalton Higgins
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Sep 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: cultural-criticism

This is not so much an overview or examination of hip-hop and its history as it is a set of short essays examining different themes, both good and bad, in hip hop culture-----Higgins includes thoughts on music, dance, fashion and graffiti in his writings. Themes tackled include the presentation of women, the obsession with money and bling, gang culture, and the sharp drop-off in innovation and social criticism in today's hip hop. By the end we get to the main idea behind Higgins's book: currently the important innovators are found in non-western nations like China, Saudi Arabia and Israel and the only way for hip hop to continue as a viable art form is for western practitioners to start looking at these artists abroad. While not great for newbies looking for ways to learn about hip hop, Higgins does give us a very good----and short----volume covering issues fans of hip hop culture should give serious consideration.

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