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Foreword, Travis T. Harris Nov 2019

Foreword, Travis T. Harris

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

This is the Foreword to the special issue. It provides a broad overview of the special issue, a description of the context it is written in and acknowledgment of all those who contributed to "If I Ruled the World."


I Beg Of You, Honey, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

I Beg Of You, Honey, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

First of 10 poems written by the late and great Nigerian poet Ikeogu Oke


Whither World?, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Whither World?, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Second of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian poet Ikeogu Oke.


Dear Mama, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Dear Mama, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Third of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Watching The World, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Watching The World, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Fourth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Reclaiming Our Subjugated Truths—Using Hip Hop As A Form Of Decolonizing Public Pedagogy: The Case Of Didier Awadi, Joanna D. Da Sylva Nov 2019

Reclaiming Our Subjugated Truths—Using Hip Hop As A Form Of Decolonizing Public Pedagogy: The Case Of Didier Awadi, Joanna D. Da Sylva

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

This paper explores how Senegalese Hip Hop pioneer, Didier Awadi, uses Hip Hop as a form of decolonizing public pedagogy that renders the contributions of Pan-African leaders visible to Africa and the world, contributions that are often omitted and vilified by mainstream history. I argue that Awadi’s work provides a strategy for reclaiming oral literature, particularly storytelling, as a legitimate way of knowing, teaching and learning history. In his album Présidents d’Afrique, Didier Awadi uses rap and traditional African music to retell the story of our resistant past through an African frame of reference. The data is comprised ...


Better Days, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Better Days, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Fifth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Good Thing Going, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Good Thing Going, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Sixth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Negotiating French Muslim Identities Through Hip Hop, Mich Yonah Nyawalo Nov 2019

Negotiating French Muslim Identities Through Hip Hop, Mich Yonah Nyawalo

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

In The French Melting Pot: Immigration, Citizenship, and National Identity, Gérard Noiriel contends that in France, the modern idea of the nation emerged as a means to subvert the dominant influence of the nobility, whose rule was underwritten by the aristocratic idea that “the nation was founded on ‘blood lineage.’”1 Noiriel posits that “the revolutionary upheaval discredited not only the old order but everything that harked back to origins, so much so that the first decrees abolishing nobility were also directed against names that evoked people’s origins: an elegant name is still a form of privilege; its credit ...


Why The Cookie Crumbles, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Why The Cookie Crumbles, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Seventh of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Configurations Of Space And Identity In Hip Hop: Performing “Global South”, Igor Johannsen Nov 2019

Configurations Of Space And Identity In Hip Hop: Performing “Global South”, Igor Johannsen

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

The spatiality of culture, specifically Hip Hop, and the reverberations between space and identity are the core concern of this essay. In deconstructing and contextualizing the concept of the Global South by discussing the practices of respective Hip Hop communities, this paper aims at laying bare the oversimplifications inherent in those seemingly natural spatial dimensions. The Global South can, thus, not be understood as a concise and objective term. Instead, it implies a highly normative concept and can be made to reveal or conceal specific attributes of the culture in question. Deliberately creating a cultural and artistic discourse in which ...


The Dame Of Liberty, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

The Dame Of Liberty, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Eighth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


“I Got The Mics On, My People Speak”: On The Rise Of Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop, Rhyan Clapham, Benjamin Kelly Nov 2019

“I Got The Mics On, My People Speak”: On The Rise Of Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop, Rhyan Clapham, Benjamin Kelly

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

In this paper, an Aboriginal rapper and settler-Australian Indigenous Studies lecturer collaborate to provide an overview of the Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop scene. We contextualize the development of Aboriginal Hip Hop as part of a long postcolonial tradition of Aboriginal engagement with Black transnationalism. By analysing rap lyrics, Hip Hop videos, and related commentary, we demonstrate the ways in which Aboriginal hip hoppers have adapted elements of Hip Hop culture to suit their own cultures, histories, and structural position as a colonized minority under the rule of a modern settler-colonial state. We conclude by considering Aboriginal engagement with Hip Hop ...


Native Son, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Native Son, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Ninth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


Book Review Of Hip Hop In Africa: Prophets Of The City And Dustyfoot Philosophers, Camea Davis Nov 2019

Book Review Of Hip Hop In Africa: Prophets Of The City And Dustyfoot Philosophers, Camea Davis

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Dr. Davis provides an analysis of Hip Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers (2018). Dr. Camea Davis is a poet, educator and educational researcher with a heart for urban youth and communities. She earned her doctorate in educational policy studies with minors in curriculum and instruction and educational technology from Ball State University. She currently works as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate as Georgia State University in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.


Go Tell It On The Mountain, Ikeogu Oke Nov 2019

Go Tell It On The Mountain, Ikeogu Oke

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Tenth of ten poems written by the late and great Nigerian Poet Ikeogu Oke.


If I Ruled The World: Putting Hip Hop On The Atlas, Travis T. Harris, Simran Singh, Daniel White Hodge Nov 2019

If I Ruled The World: Putting Hip Hop On The Atlas, Travis T. Harris, Simran Singh, Daniel White Hodge

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

“If I Ruled the World: Putting Hip Hop on the Atlas” contends for a third wave of Global Hip Hop Studies that builds on the work of the first two waves, identifies Hip Hop as an African diasporic phenomenon, and aligns with Hip Hop where there are no boundaries between Hip Hop inside and outside of the United States. Joanna Daguirane Da Sylva adds to the cipha with her examination of Didier Awadi. Da Sylva's excellent work reveals the ways in which Hip Hoppa Didier Awadi elevates Pan-Africanism and uses Hip Hop as a tool to decolonize the minds ...


Dedication To Ikeogu Oke, Travis T. Harris Nov 2019

Dedication To Ikeogu Oke, Travis T. Harris

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

This short article describes why this special issue is dedicated to Ikeogu Oke. He transitioned while we were completing the special issue.


Can It Be Bigger Than Hip Hop?: From Global Hip Hop Studies To Hip Hop, Travis T. Harris Nov 2019

Can It Be Bigger Than Hip Hop?: From Global Hip Hop Studies To Hip Hop, Travis T. Harris

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Global Hip Hop Studies has grown tremendously since it started in 1984. Scholars from a number of disciplines have published numerous journal articles, books, dissertations and theses. They have also presented at multiple academic conferences and taught classes on global Hip Hop. “Can It Be Bigger Than Hip Hop?: From Global Hip Hop Studies to Hip Hop Studies” traces this history and examines the key authors, intellectual interventions, methods, and theories of this field. I used an interdisciplinary methodology entailing participant observations of local Hip Hoppas and the examination of more than five hundred scholarly texts that I assembled into ...


(Global) Hip Hop Studies Bibliography, Travis T. Harris, Travis Terrell Harris Nov 2019

(Global) Hip Hop Studies Bibliography, Travis T. Harris, Travis Terrell Harris

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

This bibliography documents Hip Hop scholarship outside of America, including scholarly works that may be US centric, yet expands its analysis to other parts of the world. Hip Hop Studies outside the boundaries of the United States stretches as far and wide as Hip Hop itself. This scholarship started in 1984, and the amount of scholarship beyond American boundaries has continued to grow up through present day. The first wave, before Mitchell's Global Noise (2001), includes a wider range of scholarly works such as conference presentations and books written by journalists, in addition to traditional academic sources such as ...


Foreword, Joshua K. Wright Aug 2019

Foreword, Joshua K. Wright

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.


I Gotta Testify: Kanye West, Hip Hop, And The Church, Joshua K. Wright, Adria Y. Goldman, Vanatta S. Ford Aug 2019

I Gotta Testify: Kanye West, Hip Hop, And The Church, Joshua K. Wright, Adria Y. Goldman, Vanatta S. Ford

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

The goal of this project, “I Gotta Testify: Kanye West, Hip Hop, and the Church,” is to add a new perspective to the scholarly discourse on Hip Hop and Christianity within classrooms, religious institutions, and popular culture by focusing on Kanye. We chose to focus on Kanye because he has been one of Hip Hop’s most influential artists in the past decade. Furthermore, Kanye is one of the most polarizing celebrities in America and across the globe. His music, fashion, political views, and family (which includes the Kardashians) dominate discourse on social media, blogs, television, and other forms of ...


Introduction - Enigma Embodied: The Curious Complexity Of Kanye West, Daniel White Hodge Aug 2019

Introduction - Enigma Embodied: The Curious Complexity Of Kanye West, Daniel White Hodge

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

“There’s no way Hip Hop and religion work. No way!” “I just can’t see anything coming out of religion and Hip Hop. It’s like the two don’t even go together.” “Rap music is of the devil. To say there is any God in it is blasphemous!” These were direct quotes I received when I began my journey into the field of Religion and Hip Hop. I was met with firm opposition and the very notion of combining Hip Hop and religion left many angered, bewildered, confused, but definitely not speechless. It was a trifling time and ...


Meditation - On Millennials, Hip Hop, And Faith, Larrin Robertson Aug 2019

Meditation - On Millennials, Hip Hop, And Faith, Larrin Robertson

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.


The Prosperity Gospels Of Superstardom: Kanye’S Philosophy, Catherine John, Leroy Myers, Zachary Leacock Aug 2019

The Prosperity Gospels Of Superstardom: Kanye’S Philosophy, Catherine John, Leroy Myers, Zachary Leacock

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.


Meditation – Yeezy’S (Impossible) Love In Fugitivity’S Strings: A Meditation On “Runaway”, James Manigault-Bryant, Lerhonda Manigault-Bryant Aug 2019

Meditation – Yeezy’S (Impossible) Love In Fugitivity’S Strings: A Meditation On “Runaway”, James Manigault-Bryant, Lerhonda Manigault-Bryant

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.


Yeezus Is Jesuz: Examining The Socio-Hermeneutical Transmediated Images Of Jesus Employed By Kanye West, Daniel White Hodge Aug 2019

Yeezus Is Jesuz: Examining The Socio-Hermeneutical Transmediated Images Of Jesus Employed By Kanye West, Daniel White Hodge

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Kanye is enigmatic in many ways. His continuous reference to deity while still embracing a person like 452 makes him worth the study and effort to explore his contribution and effect in the Hip Hop cultural continuum. This article investigates, Kanye West from a theological and spiritual standpoint to provide insights from his theological aesthetics. While the ever-growing field of Hip Hop studies begins to explore religion in Hip Hop, the present work seeks to address this and develop new theologies/theories that fit both a Hip Hop and Black theology context. While the formal discipline of theology in the ...


Poem - Untitled, Jasmine Mans Aug 2019

Poem - Untitled, Jasmine Mans

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.


“How Great:” Reflections On Kanye’S Best Prodigy, Chance The Rapper, Joshua K. Wright Aug 2019

“How Great:” Reflections On Kanye’S Best Prodigy, Chance The Rapper, Joshua K. Wright

Journal of Hip Hop Studies

No abstract provided.