Knowledge, or From Art to Religion, Philosophy and Politics

  • Jim Vernon


This chapter treats two simultaneous responses to the social changes that accompanied the popularization of rap music: First, “reality rap” was born and gave voice to the newly repressive conditions faced by the marginalized youth who built and embraced Hip Hop culture; in Hegelian terms, this reflects dramatic poetry, which is written to appease a broad and fragmented, rather than specific and unified, audience. Second, organizations like the Zulu Nation and the Temple of Hip Hop emerged and added a fifth, non-aesthetic element to the culture—knowledge, in forms both religious and philosophical—to more explicitly articulate both the essence of the humanity that emancipates itself through art and the need to more directly struggle to overcome the varied forms of its denial.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Vernon
    • 1
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

Personalised recommendations