Hip-Hop Theory:
Time, Technology, and the Future

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 Hip-Hop Theory: Time Technology, and the Future. Just take a look at this table of contents!

Table of Contents:

Preface – Roy Christopher
Introduction – Ytasha L. Womack

I. TIME

  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

II. TECHNOLOGY

  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

III. THE FUTURE

  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 and those who wished us well. An extra special shout goes out to Travis Terrell Harris.

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