Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality
by Chuck D Author with Yusuf Jah and Spike Lee Foreword
Chuck D pours out commentary that takes on Hollywood, race, the music industry, the murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., drugs, and the three E's-education, economics and enforcement. An insider's view on Hip-Hop culture he slides into intimate revelations about his own life and has his say with electrifying energy, anger, love and truth. In his unmistakable voice, he examines a multitude of complex social, racial and artistic issues and discusses the role of heroes and role models in the black community and Hollywood's negative images of blacks, the effect of gangsta rap; its images on the country's youth and the war between east and west coast rappers that may have spawned the murder of Tupac Shakur and the role of athletes and entertainers in eroding and strengthening values. Chuck D lets no one off the hook, putting celebrities and street kids alike on notice that the future is up for grabs; and the only way to be part of it, to be players not victims, is to work together. A book that brings light into darkness, Fight the Power speaks for a generation; it is a powerful and prophetic message that America, both Black and White, urgently needs to hear.
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