Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop

Know What I Mean Reflections On Hip Hop Whether along race class or generational lines hip hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them America has

  • Title: Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop
  • Author: Michael Eric Dyson
  • ISBN: 9780465017164
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Whether along race, class or generational lines, hip hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it Dubbed the Hip Hop Intellectual by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in theWhether along race, class or generational lines, hip hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it Dubbed the Hip Hop Intellectual by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in the academy and beyond, Michael Eric Dyson is uniquely situated to probe the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip hop culture Know What I Mean addresses salient issues within hip hop the creative expression of degraded youth that has garnered them global exposure the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hop and the intellectual engagement with some of hip hop s most influential figures In spite of changing trends, both in the music industry and among the intelligentsia, Dyson has always supported and interpreted this art that bloomed unwatered, and in many cases, unwanted from our inner cities For those who wondered what all the fuss is about in hip hop, Dyson s bracing and brilliant book breaks it all down.

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      Michael Eric Dyson is an American academic, author, and radio host He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.

    537 thoughts on “Know What I Mean? Reflections On Hip Hop”

    1. Michael Eric Dyson is essentially THE academic defender of hip hop. Know What I Mean? is his latest book and covers subjects such as conscious rappers, misogyny, and the Imus controversy. I like that Dyson looks beyond the knee-jerk response common of critics of hip hop to discuss the larger societal issues that lead many hip hop artists to be obsessed with bling, bitches, and prison culture. The average critic would dismiss a lot of hip hop as disgusting due to it's portrayal of women. While Dy [...]


    2. I couldn’t believe that Michael Eric Dyson’s Know What I Mean? is another collection of interviews. Can I get famous so I can write books without having to write them? Don’t get me wrong, the interview as track on an album was clever, but this is Dyson sampling Dyson sampling Dyson and I know the man is genius and a clever phrase turner but some of those witticisms I find impossible to believe were spewed on the spot despite his presentation.I had a hard time determining the audience for t [...]


    3. In the introduction, Michael Eric Dyson presents this book as a stylistic response to hip-hop's call. But, as most of the reviews I glanced at indicate, it's really a book of interviews which dance back and forth between hip-hop culture and broader issues of race and gender. I liked it well enough, but what it basically does is articulate a progressive academic consensus, which emphasizes both the internal complexity of hip-hop and its traditions; and insists on recognizing the way in which the [...]


    4. I have a few issues with this book: It can be a little bit self-absorbed at times (Dyson opens each chapter up with a lyric or quote from a rapper singing his, Dyson's, praises) and the rhetoric can seem a little sing-songy ( at times Dyson rhymes and use poetic cadence in his writing, which is an obvious allusion to hip hop music, but it makes him look like he takes himself too seriously). But aside from that, it is very refreshing, as a hip hop fan, to hear someone who takes hip hop culture so [...]


    5. Like many other Dyson books, this one is a series of remarkable essays that touch on everything from hip-hop beef to Don Imus' slander of the Rutgers basketball team. He creatively organizes the book like an album, with an "intro" by Jay-Z and an "outro" by Nas. I enjoyed 99% of the book, and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the study of hip-hop as an intellectual pursuit, but can't help but admit that I found myself a little annoyed with his insistence at starting each chapter [...]


    6. Dyson seems to be the only intellectual there days willing to take up hip hop's cause as being recognized as a viable form of artistic expression, a shame considering the inherent value of a medium that allows a section of the population typically voice less (lower-income african american males) to be heard. One of Dyson's most poignant arguments is the outright dismissal of rap by scholars who wouldn't dream of critiquing any other genre/art form without a proper in-depth analysis. Much is made [...]


    7. Boy, I wanted to like this more. He clearly has some really valuable ideas-- ideas I want to be taken up by a much broader spectrum of the populace-- but I kept finding myself saying "well, yeah-- elaborate on that." The references to theorists seemed to be tacked-on name checks to get intellectual cred-- it'd be a hell of a lot stronger if he left them out. Granted, this is a book I want all the lame white people out there to read to recognize that hip-hop has value, and it's a book I want youn [...]


    8. Fact: Michael Eric Dyson is an incredible human being. This cannot be argued. Postmodernist, preacher, philosopher, orator, commentator, professor, as the man once said, ‘I write books like n*ggas write hooks.’ And he will preach on any topic, including hip-hop, engaging it with the academy instead of dismissing it. He’s written and spoken about it a lot over the years, including a biography of Tupac Shakur and co-editing and contributing to an essay collection on Nas’ album Illmatic. Th [...]


    9. This book was off the chart amazing. Dr. Dyson goes far beyond the surface levels of hip hop, and its effect on the culture of today.Dr. Dyson disects the effects hip hop has had on the youth from the 70's until now, and the future effects is will have good and bad. After reading this book it is apparently clear that there is still a long journey ahead in the fight. And not just for hip hop, but with the entire human race.I recommend this book to everyone, even if you are not a fan of hip hop. T [...]


    10. As much as I adore Dyson and the way in which he writes, this book is a collection of interviews and not a narrative (which I found somewhat dry at times). Though his take on hip hop is brilliant, I found myself craving precisely that rather than a back-and-fourth in various interviews. If you're a fan of Dyson and the genre, it's certainly worth the read. As I'm a massive fan of both, I do hope that hip hop is revisited by Dyson (or Coates) in a different form, one that is more engaging. Either [...]


    11. This is another interview-based book my Michael Eric Dyson. He's become more succinct in his writing, so there are thousands of "WOW" moments in this small, 160-page 1-week reader. He also uses the length of this book to demonstrate his linguistic flexibility and creativeness as if he were a hip hop artist. Though it's short, Michael sheds light on topics as diverse as political consciousness, the generation gap, feminism, sexism, racism, violence, povertyd as usual, a stunning integration of th [...]


    12. I wanted to like this book more than I ended up liking it. Dyson's purpose is noble, if not downright heroic. His execution, however, doesn't live up to his goals. Dyson tries to have his book mirror a set of hip-hop songs, but he doesn't allow his guest artists a chance to get their solos. The talent that he has for name-dropping is reminiscent of many great rappers, but his wordplay is weak (even though--or because?--the reader can see him finding it rather clever. At the end of the day, his p [...]


    13. Hip hop is an afterthought in this book, which makes for a head-scratching subtitle. The bit about conscientious rappers such as Common, Public Enemy, etc was interesting, but other parts hardly referenced hip hop and felt repetitive. When I see Dyson on talk shows (Bill Maher, for instance) I come away impressed but I've found his writing to be less entertaining, less engaging. I enjoy (some) hip hop music, and I find it a valid art form regardless of the beat or the rhyme. But Dyson has done l [...]


    14. Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation’s most prominent African American cultural critics. In this book, which is presented in a question-and-answer format, Dyson examines many elements of contemporary hip-hop. Most notably, he addresses the fact that misogyny, greed, violence, and gay-bashing have become common in mainstream hip-hop and explores how hip-hop has become such a cultural juggernaut. This book has an academic tone, a relatively high level of difficulty, and requires some backgrou [...]


    15. Michael Eric Dyson is wickedly smart, astute and articulate about all manner of topics - which is what made this book sometimes a pleasure. That said, it's essentially a series of essays written in the style of long-form interviews, which, like many collections of essays, left me with a few brilliant moments to ruminate on and a bunch of reductionist or filler material in between. I'd rather read the best of this book as an essay about race and have left some of the excessive pontificating behin [...]


    16. I got this as a Secret Santa gift a few Christmases ago and finally read it this year (2012). For lovers of Byron Hurt's documentary, "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," I definitely recommend this mixtape non-fiction book. Michael Eric Dyson is a beloved critic on Hip Hop culture and teaches Theology, English, and African-American Studies at Georgetown University. In this book he breaks down topics such as why guns symbolize hypermasculinity, homophobia + queer sexuality in hip hop, and how Emi [...]


    17. Professor Michael Eric Dyson (the "hip hop intellectual") gives some of the most insightful, pointed and even-handed assessments of race (with a focus on hip hop and its culture) that is published today. The sheer intellectual depth and nuanced insight coupled with deep scholarship and understanding of hip hop is truly unique.I can't think of a better author to read for an honest account of black identity and especially black youth than Michael Eric Dyson. He is absolutely a must read.


    18. There is so much significance to what Dyson says in this book. He articulately interprets the entire hip-hop movement and culture, drawing in from the resources of Hegel, Kant, Foucalt, Tupac, Hustle and Flow, etc. to show the utter signicance and importance hip-hop has had not only as an authentic cultural movement and artform, but also as a catalyst for economic, political, and cultural incentives. This is a must read.


    19. Dyson is a great writer and brings his intellectual style to hip hop music. It was fun to read a serious take on field of music that rarely receives such treatment. I didn't jive with all his views, and some of them were beyond me, but it gives weight to a lot of the music I've been listening to lately.


    20. I wish this book wasn't organized into interviews. It made it seem less coherent, and seemed like a lot of the information repeated. The info presented was interesting, but I also wished there was somewhere that I could see where Dyson gets his information. Overall, quick, interesting read, but could have gone much further and done it much better.


    21. This book is mainly a collection of interviews Dyson has done on Hip Hop. It was informative but an easy read. His work seems to have a flow to it. (I love how Dyson moves back in forth between discussing theory and quoting rap hip hop lyrics.) Dyson is a scholar who knows his work and this comes through whenever he speaks or writes.


    22. Less a book and more a collection of speeches given at lecture halls at colleges. Regardless, the content is good and Dyson is as aggressive and matter-of-fact as he usually is. The introduction is a little TOO Dyson, in which he makes his point AND tries to destroy those that oppose him. Thankfully, the majority of the book is him just making points and not finding anyone to terminate.


    23. Insightful. Definitely eye opening for most people seeing as how "hip hop" culture has become pop culture. This book delves beneath the superficial and commercial image of the art. It illustrates what drove the origination of the art and where it has gone right.


    24. a gift from a well-meaning friend who knows my history with hip-hopbut this dude (m.e.d.) is such a turnoffa huge egod i'm not really digging his cutesy format either. a more detailed hate review when i'm done (yep, i'm determined to finish it).


    25. This man boldly told the truth about HipHip, its origin, why it is the way it is now and who's at fault for HipHop's flaws. I reccomend this book to any and everyone who loves hiphop and to people who don't understand hiphop.


    26. This is a really important study of hip hop, formatted creatively and well thought out. Added to that, it reads very quickly because it's in interview format. Dyson is brilliant and makes an immense contribution to the world of history, sociology, and hip hop.


    27. A nice primer to hiphop as object of theoretical inquiry. While it doesn't necessarily tell you anything you didn't know already if you listen to a lot of hiphop, and social theorists are namechecked rather than engaged with, it's an entertaining and fast-paced read.


    28. This book is goodt great. I would rather listen to Michael Eric Dyson than read his books - something is lost in his written work for me. The chapter, "It's Trendy to be a Conscious Mc" is probably the best and most worthy of reading.


    29. quick read interesting despite Dyson's almost incessant remainders that he is cool -- yes, the (self-proclaimed) great man likes hip hop -- yawn. All is not lost, though, he makes some interesting points in the moments he's not involved in self-promotion.



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