Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-Hopping and the by William Upski Wimsatt

By William Upski Wimsatt

Should graffiti writers manage to rip up the towns, or should still they honestly be bombing the ‘burbs? That’s the query posed by way of William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the realm of hip-hop, rap, and road artwork, and the tradition and politics that encompass it. yet to claim that the e-book offers purely with taggers and hip-hop is promoting it brief. taking up a wide diversity of subject matters, together with suburban sprawl, racial id, and early life activism, Wimsatt (a graffiti artist himself) makes use of a kaleidoscopic technique that mixes tales, cartoons, interviews, disses, parodies, and unique examine to problem the suburban frame of mind at any place it’s stumbled on: suburbs and company headquarters, internal towns and housing initiatives, even in hip-hop itself. humorous, provocative, and painfully sincere, Bomb the Suburbs encourages readers to extend their social limitations and discover the colourful, chaotic international that exists past their convenience zones.

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But isn’t that giving up at the game, copping out at the challenge of life: the challenge to be stronger, smarter, healthier, better than we thought we could be. The challenge to survive. Mario, I don’t want to visit you in the hospital or the cemetery, and I don’t want you to visit me there. Sometime in life, I too may 47 have to cough up blood, to lose my hair, or to lose my mind because of the painting I’ve done. But I ain’t going out like no sucker. When I use spray paint, I do everything to dilute the toxins and keep them out of my body.

We got them on our side and damn skippy we’ll use them. It’s up to you city administratin’ fools. One month to get your shit together and scrape off the Wall of Fame, or feel the wrath of HIP-HOP. YOU SUCKERS!!! Dear Steven, I found an old phone book the other day. From 1988—it wasn’t even old. In it, I counted 127 names of MCs, b-boys, DJs and writers whose phone numbers I had at the time. And these were only the ones with phones! These were the hip-hoppers that time forgot. Former MC giants on the chicken-bone circuit, kings of the line, masters of the linoleum .

I can’t tell from reading this whether you are a hip-hopper or a racist, an insider in black society, or some kind of outside sociologist. ” My answer is that I’m human, meaning that I’m complex enough to be all of these things at once. If only black people could get away with that. ] A JOB OPENING IN CLEVELAND ANTCK The last time I wanted to bomb this bad, I probably had a lollipop in my mouth. Back in the mid ’80s, back in Chicago, back when I was an eager young toy and every new name on a mailbox was my potential pen pal—now all I see on the mailbox is another six-lollipop sucker with a five-letter name who writes four different threeletter crews on a two-year mission to hit spots once they’ve already been hit, invent nothing, inspire no one, and then zip.

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