Ewuare X. Osayande
Published in 2006 when most debates on hip hop were rhetorical prattles between liberal defenders and conservative detractors that centered on “free speech versus censorship,” Misogyny and the Emcee offers a more nuanced look that puts the interests of people before profit. An unprecedented work, Misogyny and the Emcee was the first book written by a Black man critically engaging the socio-political constructs of hip hop culture through the radical lens of Black womanist thought without compromise. Covering the major controversies in hip hop, Osayande dissects the lives and lyrics rap artists even as he locates them within a nefarious web of corporate seduction and cultural imperialism. It remains an underground classic of insurgent scholarship in service to Black cultural liberation.
Associate Professor, History and Africana Studies, Rutgers University, NJ