How Hip-Hop Defines the Future
Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop — allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound — would come to define the culture of the new millennium.
Taking in the ground-breaking work of DJs and emcees, alongside writers like Philip K. Dick and William Gibson, as well as graffiti and DIY culture, Dead Precedents is a counter-cultural history of the twenty-first century, showcasing hip-hop’s role in the creation of the world in which we now live.
“A book with so much energy and passion in it… a lively screed.”
— Samuel R. Delany, author, Dhalgren
“Dead Precedents shows how hip-hop culture opens new hope for the future by changing our understanding of the past.”
— Steven Shaviro, author, Extreme Fabulations
“This book extracts detail after detail on hip-hop and cyberpunk and gracefully weaves together a clear and fresh perspective on where we are today. Such a refreshing nonstop read!”
— M. Sayyid, Antipop Consortium
“An intellectual hornet’s nest, buzzing with ideas. The canon of hip-hop crit welcomes a bold new entry, calculated to blow the doors off the usual moribund academic fare. Theory finds its own uses for things.” — Mark Dery, author, Born to Be Posthumous
“Roy Christopher’s dedication to the future is bracing. Dead Precedents is sharp and accelerated. — Jeff Chang, author, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Dead Precedents by Roy Christopher Review: How Hip-hop and Cyberpunk Hijacked Culture by Dan Hancox.
Dead Precedents is on OkayPlayer‘s list of the best hip-hop books published in 2019 by John Morrison.
Dead Precedents Explores How Hip-Hop Created the Future by Mark Reynolds.
Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Hacked The Future, an exclusive excerpt from the book by Roy Christopher.
Unmoored from the Flow of Time: Roy Christopher’s Dead Precedents by Stewart Gardiner.
Chi Chi Thalken gives the book an 8/10.
THE MANTLE [ARCHIVED]
Dead Precedents: The Lost Tapes, book background and supplementary music, picked by Roy Christopher.
ALLMUSIC BOOK’S DEEP DIVE
An in-depth discussion of the ideas in Dead Precedents with Steve Jurgensmeyer, June 9, 2020.
CALL OUT CULTURE
Talking Dead Precedents on Call Out Culture podcast with my dudes Alaska, Zilla Rocca, and Curly Castro, May 9, 2019.
Talking hacking and hip-hop with Matt Stephenson, April 22, 2019.
AFTERNOON LIVE ON KATU-TV (ABC)
Interview on Portland’s Afternoon Live on KATU (abc) May 16, 2019.
REPEATER YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
A playlist of a few of the artists discussed in Dead Precedents.