foundation of the style of Rap music we hear today. Gangsta music was mostly found on the West Coast thanks to artists like NWA, Snoop Dogg, and more. But now, in 2018, gangsta rap is pretty created anywhere around the globe. I wonder if Nelson George still feels the same about gangsta rap or has he grown accustom to what Hip-hop has evolved into today. Back to the book. Towards the end of the book, Nelson leaves his readers with a serious of questions. He wonders how later generations would view this music and how would they value the music from the early stages of hip-hop. Hip-hop artifacts will always be found everywhere, that’s just the way it has evolved. Nelson knows the future generations will understand how hip-hop basically helped establish the sociocultural system we have today. Overall, this book was one of the more interesting books to read. His thesis throughout this book was that the hip hop has reflected and internalize society’s flaws and it has grown from minority expression to mainstream appreciation. Before I read this book I’ve agreed with that and even after reading it, I would agree with that even more confidently. Even though a lot has happened in the music industry (and in society in general) since 1998, Nelson perfectly breaks down the history of rap and even adds his own personal history in relationship with the music. That’s another thing that makes this book a well written book. The personalization is what makes this book enjoyable and memorable. One could tell that a long-time hip hop fan has made this book because he shows his passion for the music and even includes the moments of frustration during certain periods of the hip-hop evolution. Nelson George should consider writing an update to book in comparison with this book to talk about how hip-hop continued to evolve into what it is today.
Hip Hop Revolution vs Hip Hop America *Brief Review and Comparison to Nelson George’s Hip Hop America* Jeffery Ogbar is the Director at the Center for Study of Popular at the University of Connecticut. He was born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has his BA in History (Morehouse College), MA and Ph.D. in US history with a minor in African American studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. He authored a few books, but the book I want to focus on is Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap
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