Sunday, November 09, 2008

Obama Hip-Hop: From Mixtapes To Mainstream

This election season, hip-hop performers and producers flocked to their mixing boards in unprecedented fashion.

Rappers like Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z and Nas rallied their fans behind President-Elect Barack Obama's campaign. And like their hip-hop forefathers, the kings and queens of rap preached about social justice, the economy and the power of democracy.

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of Black Pop Culture at Duke University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He says that within the last twenty-odd years, hip-hop has historically been Black America's first response to national news...

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