Flip the Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality

University of Chicago Press
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Hip hop has long been a vehicle for protest in the United States, used by its primarily African American creators to address issues of prejudice, repression, and exclusion. But the music is now a worldwide phenomenon, and outside the United States it has been taken up by those facing similar struggles. Flip the Script offers a close look at the role of hip hop in Europe, where it has become a politically powerful and commercially successful form of expression for the children and grandchildren of immigrants from former colonies.

Through analysis of recorded music and other media, as well as interviews and fieldwork with hip hop communities, J. Griffith Rollefson shows how this music created by black Americans is deployed by Senegalese Parisians, Turkish Berliners, and South Asian Londoners to both differentiate themselves from and relate themselves to the dominant culture. By listening closely to the ways these postcolonial citizens in Europe express their solidarity with African Americans through music, Rollefson shows, we can literally hear the hybrid realities of a global double consciousness.
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About the author

J. Griffith Rollefson is associate professor in popular music studies in the Department of Music at University College Cork, National University of Ireland.
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Publisher
University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Oct 23, 2017
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780226496351
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / Ethnomusicology
Music / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Black Studies (Global)
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