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Unformatted text preview: -- THa.T'S THE JOInt! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader Murray Forman &: Mark Anthony Neal EDITORS ROUTLEDGE New York London Publishedin 2004by Routledge 270 MadisonAvenue NewYork, NY 10016 www.routlcdge-ny.com Published in Great Britain by Routledge 2 Park Square Milton Park, Abingdon Oxtordshire OX 14RN www.routledge.co.uk Routledgeis an imprint of the Taylor & FrancisGroup. (C) 2004by Taylor & FrancisBooks, lne. Printed in the United Statesof Americaon acid freepaper. Typesetting: JackDonner, BookType. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. 1098765 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data That'stbe joint!: the hip-hopstudies reader / edited byMarkAnthony Neal and Murray Forman. p. em. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-415-96918-2 (hardback:alk,paper)- ISBN 0-415-96919-0 (pbk.: alk.paper) 1. Rap(Music)-History and criticism. 2. Rap (Music)-Socialaspects. 3. Hip-hop. I. Neal, MarkAnthony. 11. Forman, Murray, 1959- M1J531.T432004 782.421649'09-dc22 2004015140 Dedicated to the memory of Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizzel, R.I.P. ., II 94 PAUL GILROY Don't be scared,be prepared. 'Cause loveis gonna getcha. It'll always be your child,evenIf she ain't witcha. So,don't front on your child when it's your own, 'cause if you front now then yon'll regret it when it's grown. Bea father to your child Put yourselfin his position and seewhat you've done. Butjust keep in mind that you'resomebody's son. Howwouldyou likeit if your father wasa stranger, and then tried to come into your lifeand tried to change the waythat your mother raisedya. Nowwouldn't that amazeya l Tobe or not to be. That is the question. Whenyou're wrong,you'rewrong. It's time to make a correction. Harrassin'the mother for bein' with another man. But if the brother man can do it better than you can, let 'ill/. Don't sweat 'im, dude. Lethim do the job that you couldn't do I'll end by sayingthat even the best of this familialization of politics is still a problem.I don't want to losesight of that. I want to haveit both ways: I want to be ableto valorizewhat wecan recover; and I want to be ableto citethe disastrousconsequences that followwhenthe family suppliesnot just the onlysymbols of politicalagency wecan findin the culture,but the onlyobjectupon whichthat agencycan heseen to operateaswell.Let'sremind ourselves that there are other possibilities. Historically, black political culture's most powerful notions of agencyhavebeen figuredthrough the sacred.Theycan also get figuredthrough the profane, and there,a differentidea of worldlyredemption can be observed. Bothof these possibilities cometogether for me in the traditions of musicalperformancethat culminate in hip-hop. In them,we findwhat I callthe ethicsof antiphony-a kind of idealcommunicativemomentin...
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