May Book Review: Hip Hop Revolution By: Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar


Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar

Written in 2007 Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is exactly what the title says. I agree with a lot of points as most of the books I review they were written prior to the wave of Hip Hop and Rap music that we do now although some of that has a lot to do with technology and social media. This book foreshadows a lot of what we currently see in Hip Hop and Rap today. Whether it be on television, social media, or radio there is a lot that young people are exposed to that go against your own family values and teachings. This book discusses a lot politics within Hip Hop Culture and how it effects the youth in terms of interfering with those values and teachings from inside the home. The Hip Hop Revolution touches on race, politics, education, and social issues which are the focus of our organization. Our Four Initiatives were put in place for a reason and this book reflects another perspective as to why they were chosen.

This book is not for the younger audience just because of the vocabulary but if they can read at this level than by all means recommend this book to a high schooler. I love a book with notes and a bibliography because that could be the next book review or leisurely read for myself. It isn’t too lengthy of a read but well worth it regardless. The mood of this book is what a lot of us need right now with the culture shift in our country right now. We need to know what we’re up against. That brings me to the cover art which I love as it is very creative and thoughtful. Malcolm in the window is an iconic image but to have the turntable to symbolize the utilization of Hip Hop against those things in our currently changing society that may be detrimental to the upbringing of our offspring.

What a lot of people have to understand is that Hip Hop is vilified because it is associated with the Black Americans in the U.S. Our history in this country has always been negative and anything that we did was dangerous. So despite suburban white kids being the number one consumers of Hip Hop and Rap music Black Americans are still seen in a negative light within a culture that we created. This is where someone brings up the Eminem argument. This work discusses the image and the lifestyle that makes Hip Hop look appealing yet most young people aren’t out in the street murdering people. Since the book was written in 2007 some of the statistics have changed I’m sure but it would behoove you to go and check the updated numbers. I believe most young people these days are out smoking weed staring at social media. I do understand there are “at risk” youth out there or there wouldn’t be any problems because every generation has “at risk” youth. I do recommend this book to those who can withstand the vocabulary but don’t doubt your reading abilities, give it a try. I know some of you might think I’m joking about the vocabulary once you get the book but everyone is in their own lane.

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