the new BEATS redux: exploring the music, culture, and attitudes of hip-hop
With a mix of in-your-face journalism . . . and a knack for communicating musical sound through the written word,…Fernando has created a fast-paced oral history that will prove important even when the dust settles from this still-developing form.
Fernando has written an excellent social history of hip-hop culture . . . and rap music . . . . He also discusses the prominence of gangs in most urban areas and the music’s unique expression of contemporary urban experience. Fernando outlines the role of rap as a chronicle for youth culture and uses examples to demonstrate the pleas of many rappers for a more humane, cooperative, less violent, Afrocentric community.