My friend Joyce gave me for my birthday a copy of the "Hip-hop U.S. History" study guide and music CD, which I have been enjoying for the past week or so. I was going to write about it, but thought it would be much clearer if I just prepared a short audio review that presented various clips from the tracks on the CD.
To summarize, "Hip-hop U.S. History" was much better and more entertaining that I expected. The content is rich and doesn’t shy away from several of the darker aspects of United States history, from slavery to our treatment of the Native Americans to dropping the bomb on Japan. While the lyrics get a bit heavy and wooden at times, the MCs have got some serious flow and a lot of the hooks just get in your brain and won’t leave.
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