By Derrick Darby, Tommie Shelby
Is there an excessive amount of violence in hip-hop tune? What’s the adaptation among Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop tradition a "black" factor? Is it ok for N.W.A. to name themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to name each person bitches? those witty, provocative essays think of those and different thorny questions, linking the searing cultural matters implicit and sometimes particular in hip-hop to the weighty issues tested by way of the nice philosophers of the previous. The booklet indicates that rap classics by way of Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the infamous B.I.G. will help discover the meanings of affection articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can make clear the perception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the relationship among Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and cause, faraway from being incompatible, might be combined and mastered to think about life's so much profound mysteries.
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