My new book, Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future, is now available from Repeater Books. The book uses the concerns and conceits of cyberpunk to thoughtfully remap hip-hop’s spread from around the way to around the world. Its central argument is that the cultural practices of hip-hop culture are the blueprint to the 21st century, and that an understanding of its appropriation of language and technology is an understanding of the now. Memories once firmly rooted in places in the past now float free of historical context. We all share memories courtesy of the mass media,and its rampant reproduction of artifacts. This book is about is the many ways that the foundations of hip-hop appropriation–allusions and creative language use, as well as repurposing technology and sampling–inform the new millennium.
- Dead Precedents
- The St. James Encyclopedia of Hip-Hop Culture
- The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies
- The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine
- Sound Unbound
- Follow for Now
I’m an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. I have since written about music, media, and culture for over three decades for everything from magazines to blogs and journals to books. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. As a boy, I solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively.