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Alejandro Nava

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293533

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293533.001.0001

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From Soul to Hip-Hop

From Soul to Hip-Hop

The Rise of the Apocalypse

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In Search of Soul

Alejandro Nava

University of California Press

This chapter traces the emergence of hip-hop to the rise of an apocalyptic era. Though hip-hop has its roots in the music of soul, R & B, funk, blues, and jazz, it went much further than its predecessors into the modern heart of darkness. In hip-hop studies, this swerve from the music of the past is frequently traced to a rupture that occurred sometime between the civil rights era and the generations that immediately followed. Forced to dwell in the rubble of the dreams of the 1960s, the children who came of age in the late twentieth century became increasingly disenchanted with traditional values and claims of progress. From their ghetto-centric vantage point, a view through broken windows and ruined infrastructures, injustice had not disappeared as much as it had disguised itself in new forms.

Keywords:   hip-hop, apocalypticism, hip-hop studies, civil rights era, 1960s, ghettos, injustice

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