Monday, September 28, 2009

Hip Hop Intellectual Resistance

I have a confession. I don't know anything about hip-hop. In fact I am a hip-hop ignoramus. I do know one thing though. If you hear about a book written by A. Shahid Stover you need to read it. Whenever I've had the pleasure of talking with this radical thinkin', oppression-smashin' brother it has been an IQ-enhancing experience.

Guess what? Stover has a book out called "Hip-Hop Intellectual Resistance" and I want Baha'i Thought readers who might be down with this topic to know about it. Here is the 411 on this soon to be (if not already) best seller and its author:

As an engaging philosophical work of social critique and cultural commentary, A. Shahid Stover ignites a series of explosive, critical interrogations which explore and reveal a tense unity of Hip Hop aesthetics and radical social theory. Written with the compelling audacity of a young iconoclast, Stover challenges the reader with an elevated critical discourse which remains diligently grounded and ever relevant to “the streets of a world in structural transition, spiritual alienation, socio-political upheaval and intellectual revolt.”

Hip Hop Intellectual Resistance is not a book of academic contemplation, but of genuine ‘existential liberationist’ commitment as lived and experienced by a new voice of independent radical thought.

A. Shahid Stover is a writer/radical intellectual/underground eMCee who currently lives in New York City. Stover is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of THE BROTHERWISE DISPATCH (, an online journal focused on radical theory, social critiques and human liberation.

Although A. Shahid Stover’s independent investigation of truth has never been confined to the academic world, he did study History and Education at Coastal Carolina University and Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Stover credits his true education to constant reading and writing, browsing bookstores, grassroots teaching, heated lyrical battles, world travel, keeping an ear to the streets, intense study groups, freestyle rhyme ciphers, authentic conversations, and informal discussions with people from all walks of life.

A. Shahid Stover began writing as a freelance reporter for The Carolina Times (one of the oldest independent Black newspapers in America) and has also written as a freelancer for The Source Magazine of Hip Hop music, culture, and politics.

You can purchase the book here.

I'll close with these words from the Baha'i Writings exemplified by Stover's literary achievement:

"It is therefore urgent that beneficial articles and books be written, clearly and definitely establishing what the present-day requirements of the people are, and what will conduce to the happiness and advancement of society. These should be published and spread throughout the nation, so that at least the leaders among the people should become, to some degree, awakened, and arise to exert themselves along those lines which will lead to their abiding honor. The publication of high thoughts is the dynamic power in the arteries of life; it is the very soul of the world."(Abdu'l-Baha, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 109)