Welcome to Hiphopocracy, Tessa Brown’s online diary for culture, politics, and pedagogy. (You can read more about me on my personal website.) The word “hiphopocracy” was coined by one of my students in the first First Year Writing course I taught at the University of Michigan. We were discussing a possible paper extension when I explained, “This isn’t a democracy, but I’m interested in your opinion.”
“It’s a hiphopocracy!” one of my students yelled.
What a resonant word. Its connotations swing from hip-hip-hooray to hypocrisy, from the four pillars of hiphop to the gangster mentality 50 Cent and W. have in common. Thanks for joining the conversation here at Hiphopocracy.
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