I’ll be using this space to post reviews, essays, and other thoughts on hip-hop music. Specifically, I’ll focus on lyrical analysis, trends, and themes to unveil the social and political issues encoded in hip-hop.  I find that the socially conscious messages of the genre are often lost, misinterpreted, or misunderstood. Ideally, this blog will push these messages to the forefront, shining  a better light on the genre’s relevance to American current events: i.e. racial tension, mass incarceration, homophobia, and misogyny to name a few. I hope you join me in this journey, to discover–to quote Kendrick Lamar–the “goldmines in these lines” of hip-hop. Let’s attain poetic justice for the rebel lyricists of our generation. Together, we can gain a better understanding of hip-hop’s potential impact on our world.

A little bit about myself:

  • I spent a year writing my senior thesis on Kanye West’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  I analysed the album’s lyrical content as a contemporary commentary on race, specifically posing the album as a rejection of a “post-racial America.”
  • I often draw connections between hip-hop and revolutionary poetry.  I aspire to write a book comparing the lives and work of John Milton and Kanye West.  You can chuckle now, but these men are the true poets of their time.
  • I am fascinated with hip-hop’s tendency to enshrine the artist after his/her death.
  • I would like to take a closer look at how artists are influenced by past generations of music.
  • I have so much more to learn.  If you have suggestions, comments, or would like to post an article, email me : mbennett16@gmail.com
  • Follow me on twitter for spontaneous lyrical outburst, blog updates, and more: @pixburghmike

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