Rebel Music

Resistance through Hip Hop and Punk

Edited by:
Priya Parmar, Brooklyn College – CUNY
Anthony J. Nocella II, Hamline University
Scott Robertson, University of California, Los Angeles
Martha Diaz, New York University

A volume in the series: Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society. Editor(s): Brad J. Porfilio, California State University, Stanislaus. Marc Pruyn, Monash University. Derek R. Ford, DePauw University.

Published 2014

Arising from the street corners and underground clubs, Rebel Music: Resistance through Hip Hop and Punk, challenges standardized schooling and argues for equity, peace, and justice. Rebel Music is an important, one-of-a-kind book that takes readers through fun, radical, educational chapters examining Hip Hop and Punk songs, with each section addressing a particular social issue. Rebel Music values the experiences found in both movements as cultural capital that is de-valued in the current oppressive, standard, test-driven, rule-bound, and corporate schooling experience, making youth “just another brick in the wall.” This collection is a “rebel yell” to administrators, teachers, parents, police, politicians, and counselors who demonize Hip Hop and Punk to listen up and respect youth culture. Finally, Rebel Music is a celebration of radical voices and an organizing tool for those who use music to challenge oppression.

Foreword, Chuck D. Foreword, Chris Hannah. Acknowledgements. Introduction, Priya Parmar, Anthony J. Nocella II, Scott Robertson, and Martha Diaz. PART I: OPPRESSION. “My Life” by The Game & Lil Wayne, Don C. Sawyer III and Hasan Stephens. “Petroleum Distillation” by Fifteen, Zack Furness. PART II: MARGINALIZATION. “Ladies First” by Queen Latifah, Noelle Chaddock. “Nailing Descartes to the Wall” by Propagandhi, Lauren Corman and Sarat Colling. PART III: RESISTANCE. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy, David Stovall. “Hero of War” by Rise Against, Scott Robertson. PART IV: REBELLION. “Hip Hop is Dead” by Nas, Michael Benitez Jr. “Pictures of Women Giving Birth Sell Records” by Oi Polloi, Comrade Black. PART V: REPRESSION. “State Run Radio” by Lupe Fiasco, Andrew J. Ryan. “Iron Fist” by Goldfinger, Ed Avery-Natale. PART VI: EXPRESSION. “Fight for Your Right” by Beastie Boys, Daniel White Hodge. “Terminal Preppie” by Dead Kennedys, Kirby Pringle. PART VII: RESPECT. “Dear Mama” by Tupac Shakur, Marcella Runell-Hall. “Straight Edge” by Minor Threat, Ross Haenfler. PART VIII: COMMUNITY. “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube, Emery Petchauer. “Welcome To Paradise” by Green Day, Michael Loadenthal. About the Contributors.