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Hip Hop World by Dalton Higgins

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Hip Hop World by Dalton Higgins

Groundwood Books, 2009

Hip hop is arguably the predominant global youth subculture of this generation. Artists around the world have taken hip hop's blueprint and fused it with their own music, language, dance rituals and art to create something new and innovative to serve their local region's needs.

In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins takes vivid snapshots of the hip hop scenes in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and more. American hip hop has gone through growing pains, and is questioned for being too commercialized to articulate the hopes, concerns and dreams of marginal youth and community members - what it was originally created for. Outside the US, hip hop culture is often just the opposite - a political tool to mobilize disenfranchised communities around hard issues, with little support from mainstream corporations or sponsors.

Dalton taps into his own powers of pop culture prognostication to predict the future of the genre and the youth culture that spawned it, as hip hop spreads its tentacles to the furthest reaches of humanity.

Hip Hop World features original interviews with a who's who of music practitioners, including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Sudanese raptivist Emmanuel Jal, the UK's Killa Kela, Filipino DJ luminary Q-Bert, Cuban poetess Telmary, Native American photographer Ernie Paniccioli, Girl Talk and many more.

For more information about Hip Hop World, please visit the Groundwood Books website.

Read an excerpt from Hip Hop World in Open Book's 2009 Fall Magazine.