Boogie Down Predictions:
Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism

The Table of Contents for my forthcoming edited collection.

Over the past few years, I’ve been working on an edited collection as a companion to my book, Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater Books, 2019). Time was one of the aspects of both hip-hop and science fiction that I didn’t get to talk about much in that book, so I started asking around. I found many other writers, scholars, theorists, DJs, and emcees, as interested in the intersection of hip-hop and time as I was.

As I continued contacting people and collecting essays, I got more and more excited about the book, now called Boogie Down Predictions: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism. It’s coming out next fall on Strange Attractor/MIT Press. Just take a look at this table of contents!

Table of Contents:

Preface – Roy Christopher
Introduction – Ytasha L. Womack


  1. Take Me Back: Ghostface’s Ghosts – Steven Shaviro
  2. OutKast’s Visual Worlds – Tiffany E. Barber
  3. Close to the Edge: The Extended Take in Hip-Hop Music Video – Jeff M. Heinzl
  4. Glitched: Spacetime, Repetition, and the Cut – Nettrice R. Gaskins
  5. The Theology of Timing – Omar Akbar
  6. Breakbeat Poems – Kevin Coval
  7. The Free Space/Time Style of Black Wholes – Juice Aleem
  8. Chopping Neoliberalism, Screwing the Record Labels: DJ Screw, Atavistic Hipsters and Temporal Politics – Aram Sinnreich & Samantha Dols


  1. Scratch Cyborgs: The Hip-Hop DJ as Technology – André Sirois
  2. For as Long as that Tick is Followed by that Dang – Dave Tompkins
  3. Preprogramming the Present: The Musical Time Machines of Gabriel Teodros – Erik Steinskog
  4. The Cult of Rammellzee – Joël Vacheron
  5. Hip-Hop’s Modes of Production are Futuristic – Chuck Galli
  6. #ThisIsAmerica: Rappers, Racism, and Twitter – Tia C. M. Tyree


  1. Further Considerations on Afrofuturism – Kodwo Eshun
  2. Afrofuturism and the Intersectionality of Civil Rights, the Space Race, Hip-Hop, and Black Femininity – K. Ceres Wright
  3. Afrofuturism in clipping.’s Splendor & Misery – Jonathan Hay
  4. Abstract but Not Arbitrary: How Antipop Consortium Was Forged in the Fire of New York’s 90s Creative Scene – John Morrison
  5. Constructing a Theory and Practice of Black Quantum Futurism – Rasheedah Phillips

Many thanks to those who contributed, to those who wished us well, and to Jamie Sutcliffe and Mark Pilkington at Strange Attractor. An extra special shout goes out to Travis Terrell Harris. Be on the lookout for this beast in the Fall of 2021.

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