Roy Christopher - Boogie Down Predictions

Join us we welcome educator, author, poet, and editor Roy Christopher to discuss his book Boogie Down Predictions: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism. Roy will be joined by contributor, poet, and author Ytasha Womack. 

 

Essays that explore the connections between time, representation, and identity within hip-hop culture.

 

"This book, edited by Roy Christopher, is a moment. It is the deconstructed sample, the researched lyrical metaphors, the aha moment on the way to hip-hop enlightenment. Hip-hop permeates our world, and yet it is continually misunderstood. Hip-hop's intersections with Afrofuturism and science fiction provide fascinating touchpoints that enable us to see our todays and tomorrows. This book can be, for the curious, a window into a hip-hop-infused Alter Destiny--a journey whose spaceship you embarked on some time ago. Are you engaging this work from the gaze of the future? Are you the data thief sailing into the past to U-turn to the now? Or are you the unborn child prepping to build the next universe? No, you're the superhero. Enjoy the journey."--from the introduction by Ytasha L. Womack

 

Through essays by some of hip-hop's most interesting thinkers, theorists, journalists, writers, emcees, and DJs, Boogie Down Predictions embarks on a quest to understand the connections between time, representation, and identity within hip-hop culture and what that means for the culture at large. Introduced by Ytasha L. Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, this book explores these temporalities, possible pasts, and further futures from a diverse, multilayered, interdisciplinary perspective.

 


Boogie Down Predictions offers new ways of listening to, looking at, and thinking about hip-hop culture. It teaches us that hip-hop bends time, blending past, present, and future in sound and sense. Roy Christopher has given us more than a book; it's a cypher and everyone involved brought bars.
-- Adam Bradley, author, Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The study of hip-hop requires more than a procession of protagonists, events, and innovations. Boogie Down Predictions stops the clock--each essay within it a frozen moment, an opportunity to look sub-atomically at the forces that drive this culture.
--Dan Charnas, author, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop and Dilla Time: How A Hip-Hop Producer Reinvented Rhythm and Changed the Way Musicians Play

"Boogie Down Predictions offers new ways of listening to, looking at, and thinking about hip-hop culture. It teaches us that hip-hop bends time, blending past, present, and future in sound and sense. Roy Christopher has given us more than a book; it's a cypher and everyone involved brought bars."
-- Adam Bradley, author, Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop

"The study of hip-hop requires more than a procession of protagonists, events, and innovations. Boogie Down Predictions stops the clock--each essay within it a frozen moment, an opportunity to look sub-atomically at the forces that drive this culture."
--Dan Charnas, author, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop and Dilla Time: How A Hip-Hop Producer Reinvented Rhythm and Changed the Way Musicians Play

 

Roy Christopher is an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid--that's how he learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. He has since written about music, media, and culture for everything from self-published zines and personal blogs to national magazines and academic journals. A Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, he is the author of Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future.

 

Ytasha L. Womack is a filmmaker, futurist, and the author of Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity and 2212: Book of Rayla. She is the creator of the Rayla 2212 sci-fi multimedia series, the director of the award-winning film The Engagement, the producer and writer of Love Shorts, and the coeditor of Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. She has written for many publications including Ebony and the Chicago Tribune and has appeared on E! True Hollywood Stories: Rappers Wives.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
1373 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Boogie Down Predictions: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism By Roy Christopher (Editor), Ytasha L. Womack (Introduction by), Rasheeda Phillips (Contributions by), Steven Shaviro (Contributions by), Kodwo Eshun (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Roy Christopher (Editor), Ytasha L. Womack (Introduction by), Rasheeda Phillips (Contributions by), Steven Shaviro (Contributions by), Kodwo Eshun (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781913689285
Published: Strange Attractor Press - September 13th, 2022