In a moment of increasing corporate control in the music industry, Jared A. Ball analyses the colonisation and control of popular music and posits the home-made hip-hop mixtape as an emancipatory tool for community resistance. Equally at home in a post-colonial studies class and on the shelves of an indie record store, this is a revolutionary investigation of the cultural dimension of anti-racist organising in African America.
"Jared Ball's carefully constructed narrative draws upon an extraordinary range of analytical and evidentiary sources to provide a concise explanation of the mixtape movement. Simultaneously, he uses this history to illuminate how the media promotes ideological interests, and how those interests serve not simply the corporate bottom line, but the much larger political objective of assigning each of us our "place" in society. "I Mix What I Like!" serves as both an example of emancipatory journalism and a model for emancipated thinking, without which we will be consigned to struggling for a kinder, gentler subjugation rather than true human liberation."--Natsu Taylor Saito / Author of "Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law"
"Jared Ball is one of the most important activist intellectuals in the United States. His book is powerful and provocative Unlike President Obama, Professor Jared Ball is committed to revolutionary change in America. His book provides an insightful analysis and critique of culture, media, and African American politics."--Ollie Johnson / Department of Africana Studies / Wayne State University
"Dr. Ball has created a twenty-first century Black radical manifesto that samples and remixes the best of the radical and anti-imperialist tradition. "I Mix What I Like!" recognizes the colonized nature of contemporary Hip Hop and the colonized context of the people from which Hip Hop emerged. In the tradition of Noam Chomsky and Public Enemy, Jared Ball brings the noise to the status quo and lays out his vision of Mixtape emancipatory journalism as the liberatory mass medium for today and the future. I strongly recommend this work for all those interested in reflecting upon the theory and practice of struggling for social justice in today's America."--Dedrick Muhammad / NAACP / Author of "Understanding Racial Inequality in the Obama Era"
"One way to prevent the appropriation of a revolutionary culture--one th