Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop


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Duke University Press
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6.26 X 0.6 X 8.82 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Imani Perry is a Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.


"Imani Perry has written the most subtle and nuanced treatment of hip hop that I know. Her complex view of hip hop as black democratic space subject to prophetic utterance and mainstream cooptation is powerful. Her call for the local engagement and global vision of the underground to revitalize hip hop is compelling. Her seminal work should silence all naive or ignorant trashers of this vital cultural form!"--Cornel West, Princeton University
"Imani Perry's Prophets of the Hood is an extraordinary and brilliant book. Eschewing a rigid division between the 'positive' and 'negative' in hip hop, she takes the discussion of rap to new depths and greater heights with a probing analysis of the poetic and political dimensions of the art form. With lucid explanations, crisp writing, and sharp analysis, Perry has managed to actually say some very important things in a strikingly fresh manner. With the storytelling skills of Nas, the passion of Tupac, the lyrical dexterity of Lauryn Hill, the verbal mastery of Talib Kweli, and the conceptual acuity of krs-One, Perry has produced a stunning, magnificent work of art."--Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur
"Prophets of the Hood is the most comprehensive and intellectually original study to date of hip hop as a complex and innovative literary narrative form. Written with a refreshing blend of savvy critical rigor and brave and imaginative narrative verve, Imani Perry's study is an impressive analysis of late-twentieth-century American popular culture."--Daphne A. Brooks, Princeton University