Hip-hop is the culture of black Generation X. It is a culture of graffiti and gangsta rap, violence and misogynya baggy-panted, inner city in-your-face world that has found its way into suburbia and is now America's leading category in prerecorded music sales. It has changed the English language, reinvented fashion, and has opened the doors to African Americans in advertising. Nelson George explores the rise of this musical and societal movement in insightful and often humorous ways. He discusses how hip-hop has crossed over to white suburban audiencesincluding accusations that hip-hop has become a new form of blaxploitation. Hip Hop America is an informative, entertaining, well-written, and enjoyable history of African America's latest contribution to world culture, warts and all. Nelson George is incisive.
[A] knowledgeable, opinionated and often fascinating book. . . .animated by a passion for the music and frustration with its often insular point of view. The New York Times