From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: Toward a Nexus of Ideas

  title={From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: Toward a Nexus of Ideas},
  author={Derrick P. Alridge},
  journal={The Journal of African American History},
  pages={226 - 252}
  • Derrick P. Alridge
  • Published 22 June 2005
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of African American History
The most radical ideas often grow out of a concrete intellectual engagement with the problems of aggrieved populations confronting systems of oppression. (1) The preceding quotation from historian Robin D. G. Kelley captures the manner through which socially and politically conscious (SPC) Hip Hop emerged from the social, economic, and political experiences of black youth from the mid- to late 1970s. (2) Hip Hop pioneers such as Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious… 
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