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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781913689285
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.00

Boogie Down Predictions

Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism



Essays that explore the connections between time, representation, and identity within hip-hop culture.

"This book, edited by Roy Christopher, is a moment. It is the deconstructed sample, the researched lyrical metaphors, the aha moment on the way to hip-hop enlightenment. Hip-hop permeates our world, and yet it is continually misunderstood. Hip-hop's intersections with Afrofuturism and science fiction provide fascinating touchpoints that enable us to see our todays and tomorrows. This book can be, for the curious, a window into a hip-hop-infused Alter Destiny--a journey whose spaceship you embarked on some time ago. Are you engaging this work from the gaze of the future? Are you the data thief sailing into the past to U-turn to the now? Or are you the unborn child prepping to build the next universe? No, you're the superhero. Enjoy the journey."--from the introduction by Ytasha L. Womack

Through essays by some of hip-hop's most interesting thinkers, theorists, journalists, writers, emcees, and DJs, Boogie Down Predictions embarks on a quest to understand the connections between time, representation, and identity within hip-hop culture and what that means for the culture at large. Introduced by Ytasha L. Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, this book explores these temporalities, possible pasts, and further futures from a diverse, multilayered, interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781913689285
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.00

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