Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Tommie Shelby


Is there an excessive amount of violence in hip-hop song? What’s the adaptation among Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop tradition a "black" factor? Is it ok for N.W.A. to name themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to name everyone bitches? those witty, provocative essays think about those and different thorny questions, linking the searing cultural concerns implicit — and infrequently specific — in hip-hop to the weighty issues tested by way of the nice philosophers of the earlier. The booklet exhibits that rap classics by way of Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the infamous B.I.G. will help discover the meanings of affection articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can make clear the notion of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the relationship among Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and cause, faraway from being incompatible, will be combined and mastered to think about life's such a lot profound mysteries.

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