And it don't stop! : the best American hip-hop journalism of the last 25 years / edited by Raquel Cepeda ; foreword by Nelson George.
Booklist Reviews 2004 September #1
Hip-hop music not only gave birth to new directions in American culture, it also reformulated cultural journalism. In this collection of 29 articles and essays, editor Cepeda chronicles the growth of hip-hop music and journalism. The collection (which includes contributions by Nelson George, Cheo Hodari Coker, Joan Morgan, Toure, and Greg Tate) begins by chronicling the early days of hip-hop culture in the South Bronx when break-dancers, graffiti artists, and deejays contributed to the atmospherics. The collection also examines the essential role of these writers (and their publications, including Vibe and Rap Sheet) in explaining and popularizing hip-hop, the strained relationships between writers and artists, the conflicts, and the occasional crossover. The book is divided into decades: the 1980s examines early efforts to report on hip-hop; the 1990s, when hip-hop journalism shifted to critical analysis while mainstream reporting focused on the "Benjamins"; and the 2000s, with widespread use of hip-hop music and images in everything from fashion to fast-food jingles. This is an important look at an energetic, inventive culture and the writers who have covered it. ((Reviewed September 1, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2004 July #1
This anthology is the first of its kind and a who's who of scribes to watch. (Forthcoming, LJ 8/04) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
LJ Reviews 2004 August #1
Thirty years after its birth in the rundown Bronx, NY, hip-hop has become a multibillion-dollar industry and ripe for a journalistic retrospective. Cepeda, editor of OneWorld magazine, has sifted through reams of puff pieces and pretentious poetry jams to create this first hip-hop anthology. Readers bear witness to both the movement's and the writers' increasing self-awareness from the early 1980s to today. A moony-eyed article on break dancers leads up to a scathing cultural expos‚ of "the myth of black male violence." All in all, what comes across is that hip-hop and its documentarians are irrevocably intertwined; when one party loses sight of reality, the other raises a red flag, and that's a beautiful thing. Fans and scholars alike will sink their teeth into this impressive collection, which features the likes of Nelson George, Robert Christgau, and Hilton Als not to mention Biggie Smalls, Afrika Bambaataa, and Mary J. Blige. Highly recommended for all popular music collections and an essential purchase for hip-hop collections. Heather McCormack, Library Journal Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.