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2 comments Article: One More Rap Book I Probably Won’t Read.

(read this Dyson book. It’s way smarter.)

This went up today. The date is from when I uploaded it to the site. N00b move on my part…
“Michael Eric Dyson’s new book ‘Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop’ arrives serendipitously. A few months after the Imus controversy that somehow created a never-ending quasi-debate about rap music, Dyson hopefully brings a more nuanced, “insider” approach to the music. However, if this excerpt and his appearance on the ‘Today’ show on Tuesday are any indication, I don’t feel that readers of this site would get a lot out of the book and I’m not sure any rap “outsider” would either.

Dyson should be praised for taking rap music seriously and I do not doubt he is committed to the genre, but his argument seems less an attempt to engage hip-hop haters and more a plan to run circles around them. A great deal of what he has to say is glaringly half-formed. Dyson’s most prevalent points are stated in a way that falls apart with any knowledge of rap; his argument seems to depend on mainstream rap ignorance.”

Written by Brandon

July 26th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

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