Stare in the Darkness: the Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics by Lester K. Spence

I don’t know how to write about this book, because it’s summer, and I don’t want to get all up in the academic writing mode right now. This book is about how hip hop has the possibility to comment on politics, but a lot of it actually reinscribes neoliberal ideologies. Hip hop could be used as part of an effort to make real political change, but it hasn’t really, not yet. Spence has a really strong argument, and lays it all out really well. He even has charts full of data, it’s very impressive. I could explain it better, but I’d have to start by defining neoliberalism, but it’s July, and I read this book in June, and I just graduated, and that sounds like a lot of work. If hip hop and politics and neoliberalism are the kind of things you like reading about, this book is worth picking up. It’s given me a lot to think about, ideas that I’m still turning over and figuring out how they work within my conception of the world.


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