Miles White’s From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity has picked up some recent endorsements. The book examines how representations of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities.
The Root: “[From Jim Crow to Jay-Z] takes a critical look at the portrayal of racialized machismo in modern America, and how hip-hop helps perpetuate stereotypical tropes about the African-American male. . . . Perfect for anyone who enjoys an intellectually stimulating and provocative read.”
Foreword Reviews: “White offers a vivid view of contemporary black male hip-hop culture. . . . A courageous work.”