Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is author of Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity and edited the volume The Civil Rights Movement: Problems in American Civilization.
Easily one of the most substantial and thoughtful works on the cultural politics of hip-hop. Original and analytically rigorous, it successfully balances an insider's love of the culture with a scholar's critical eye. Expect it to generate considerable attention. William Jelani Cobb, author of To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip-Hop Aesthetic ""What does it mean now to 'keep it real'? Is hip-hop ripping society apart? Ogbar compellingly examines race, gender, authenticity, and this African American generation's quest for true democracy and liberation."" Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation