Item Details

“It’s Bigger than Hip Hop”

Issue: Vol 5 No. 1 (2018) Hip Hop Activism and Representational Politics

Journal: Journal of World Popular Music

Subject Areas:

DOI: 10.1558/jwpm.36670


This double special issue explores hip hop activism and representational politics in selected countries from the global north and south. The authors in part one of this double issue offer key examples of the different forms that hip hop activism may take and offer meaningful insights into debates about agency in a media and cultural terrain that is shaped by US cultural imperialism and colonial legacies. Artists may exercise agency via performances that push linguistic, literary, aesthetic and political boundaries that aim to set off critical lyrical engagement with key issues or by confronting such issues sonically as a turntablist. They may also exercise agency in the context of workshops in dialogues between educators, learners, artists, activists and scholars. Effectively, this issue allows us to think about the ways in which hip hop has become a vehicle for marginalized subjects to address their respective political contexts.

Author: Adam Haupt, Quentin E. Williams, H. Samy Alim

View Original Web Page

References :

Alim, H. Samy. 2009. “Introduction: Straight Outta Compton, Straight aus München: Global Linguistic Flows, Identities, and the Politics of Language in a Global Hip Hop Nation”. In Global Linguistic Flows: Hip-Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language, edited by H. S. Alim, Awad Ibrahim and Alastair Pennycook, 1–22. London: Routledge.

Alim, H. Samy and Django Paris. 2017. “What is Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and Why Does it Matter?” In Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Educational Justice, edited by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, 157–74. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

Alim, H. Samy, Ibrahim Awad and Alastair Pennycook, eds. 2009. Global Linguistic Flows: Hip-Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language. London: Routledge.

Dead Prez. 2000. “It’s Bigger than Hip Hop”. Let’s Get Free. Loud, DC: Relativity.

Haupt, Adam. 2008. Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

—2012. Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Williams, Quentin E. 2017. Remix Multilingualism: Ethnography, Hip Hop and the Performance of Marginalized Voice. London: Bloomsbury Press.

Williams, Quentin E. and Christopher Stroud. 2010. “Performing Rap Ciphas in Late-modern Cape Town: Extreme Locality and Multilingual Citizenship”. Afrika Focus 23/2: 39–59.

—2013. “Multilingualism Remixed: Sampling Texts, Braggadocio and the Politics of Voice in Cape Town Hip-Hop”. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics 42: 15–36.