Jeffrey G. Ogbar


On his book Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap

Cover Interview of September 29, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Laypeople will be surprised by the very diversity of the hip-hop community.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I look at the ways in which hip-hop’s demands for authenticity are centered on particularly salient tropes of race, class and gender.”

On the second:

“I devote an entire chapter to how prison narratives first emerge and evolve in hip-hop, while also providing a wider picture to the expansion of prisons in the U.S. in general and the effects on black folks in particular.”