Erykah Badu stands at the forefront of a whole new genre of music. Before Macy Gray, Alicia Keys and Angie Stone, Erykah was bringing the unique sounds of neo-soul - the classic vibes of Motown and Stax smoothed by Jazz and toughened by Hip-Hop - to the people. quite simply, there is no other artist like her. Joel McIver's biography is a detailed and enlightening look at one of the world's great performers, accompanied with photographs, which forms a typically insightful appreciation of her magnificant music.
Rereading John Greenleaf Whittier, Ebenezer Elliott, and Hiphopology
Author: Angela Michele Leonard
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Literary Criticism
This book examines the works of the political poets John Greenleaf Whittier and Ebenezer Elliott, drawing comparisons to contemporary hip hoppers who take their words from local newspapers and other discursive sources that they read, hear, and observe. Its focus on language as unbounded discourse makes this book a relevant and insightful demonstration in democratic pedagogy and in teaching for transformation.
Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure in Lil’ Kim’s Lyricism
Author: G. Thomas
An extended study of the writings of Lil' Kim, the multi-platinum selling Hip Hop artist. Examines Lil' Kim's anti-sexist, gender-defiant and ultra-erotic verse alongside issues of race and the politics of imprisonment. This is the first study to apply the tools of literary criticism to Hip Hop's lyrical writings.