Dr. Pancho McFarland is a former b-boy, current hip hop head, professor of sociology at Chicago State University, author, martial artist and father and he joins us now to discuss his brand new book, The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation: Politics of a New Millennial Mestizaje.
“Colonialism, interracial and interethnic contact through trade, migration, and slavery, the dominance of the capitalist economy and technological development are among the various historical processes contributing to the development of people of Mexican descent in the United States. The Mexican-origin population in the United States is a colonized people whose lands, livelihoods and resources have been usurped by foreign powers through violence and the force of law. This population has been displaced and proletarianized both as rural and urban wage labor… In the following I present an analysis and critique of the work of U.S. Mexican/Chicano emcees (rappers) from an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist perspective that seeks a non-hierarchical and ecologically-sustainable future.” – Pancho McFarland
We also spoke of and featured audio from Kemo the Blaxican: