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Flyboy 2: Black Music Culture Review, Greg Tate (author), Akihiro Yamamoto, et al.


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Flyboy 2: Black Music Culture Review, Greg Tate (author), Akihiro Yamamoto, et al.

Price: 3,980 yen + tax
Release date: 05/30/2023

First time in Japan! A masterpiece of exposition by the black critic known as the "Godfather of Hip-Hop Journalism!

George Clinton's "meta stupidity."
Amiri Baraka's "changing sameness" is thrown into the mix.
Free jazz, Michael Jackson, gangsta rap, James Brown, and Toni Morrison are all mentioned along the same lines.

Hip Hop is Capitalism Upside Down
Hip-hop is colonialism reborn in reverse
Hip Hop was sent into a future of blackened shock,
A world created by slave masters
Hip-hop is loot from the underground,
willingly toying with all else.
Hip-hop is the consumption and commodification of our culture,
A black aesthetic byproduct of the subconscious seduction and American Dream machine. ── from the book "What is Hip Hop?

Author: Motoko Oshino

Translation assistance: Kinnara : Desi La, Rie Eguchi, Rumi Uno, Neil Ollivierra, Yoko Uozumi, Hayato Takahashi, Kentaro Goi, dream hampton



Introduction--Desire, All Things (Black)

Part I. Exhibition of Black Men

In Memoriam: Amiri Baraka / Wayne Shorter / Jimi Hendrix / John Coltrane / Going Fishing--In Memory of Lester Bowie / The Black Artists Group / Butch Morris / Charles Edward Anderson Berry and Our Future History / Self-Taught Sand Men, Ronnie Hawley / Marion Brown and Zinzi Brown / Dark Angel of the Dust: David Hammons and Street Transcendentalism / Bill T. Jones: Combat Choreography in Butoh / Gary Simmons: Concept Bomber / Sustainability of Vision: The Storyboard P Ice Cube / Wynton Marsalis - Jazz Reformer / Thornton Dial - Freedom, Blackness, and Illuminating the World's Darkness / Kehinde Wiley - On Black Masculinity / Rameljee - Graffiti on the Subway and the Samurai of Idolatry / Richard Pryor - Pryor Alive and Well / In Memory of Richard Pryor / In Memory of Gil Scott-Heron / The Man in the Mirror - In Memory of Michael Jackson / Miles Davis

Part II: She Who Laughs is Mean but Charming

Bone to Dyke - My Love for the Laughing Sister, Mean and Queer and Impressive Sister Again / Joni Mitchell - Black and Blonde / Azilia Banks - "Phantasy" / Sherday - Black Magic Woman / If James Brown were a feminist If James Brown were a feminist / Let's talk about "The Last Plantation" by Itabari Nigeri / Let's talk about Kara Walker / Women on the border of space, time, and art: a discussion of Candida Romero's "Little Girls" / Ellen Gallagher, Hope of the Art World / To the poet of black and abstract Gikuyu Mythology and the Battle of the Colored Riot Girls from Outer Space" - A Feature on Wangechi Mutu / Join the Zombie Parade of Hieroglyphics - Deborah Grant / Bjork in Act II / Curator Selma Golden's Challenge

Part III Hey Darkness, My Nostalgic Meme.

Top 10 + 4 Reasons Why There Were Fewer Black Women at Occupy Wall Street / What is Hip Hop? Dream Hampton, Interactive Inspiration, and for Michelle Ndegeocello to be Michelle Ndegeocello / Intelligence Data - Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft" / Hip-Hop at 30 / Love and Crank - Outkast's "Speaker Box / The Love Bellow The Love Bellow" / White Freedom──Eminem / Wu Danit──Wu-Tang Clan's "Wu-Tang Forever" / Unlock the Truth vs. John Cage

Part IV Screenings.

Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" / "The Mac"-like: The Language of Black Sploitation Cinema / Sex and Negro City: John Singleton's film "South Central LA" / Lincoln in White Paint: "Top Dog" by Susan Lori Parks / Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle in "Underdog" / The documentary "Black Power Mixtape" (2001) Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle in "Underdog" / Documentary "Black Power Mixtape" (2011): The Age of Struggle Revisited

Part V. Race, Sex, Political Tricks, and Literature

The Master, Clarence Majors / The Atlantic Sound - "Atlantic Sound" by Caryl Phillips / Apocalypse Now - "Black Sexual Politics" by Patricia Hill Collins, "Notorious HIV" by Thomas Shevory, The Secret Epidemic" by Jacob Levenson / Blood and Bridges: The NYPD and Giuliani Protests in 1999 / "Nigga" Tudes / Three Men of Menace: "Amiri Baraka" by Jerry Gafio Watts, Hazel Lowry's Richard Wright" by Hazel Lowry, "Franz Fanon" by David Macy / Feed Box at the Bottom: "Out" by Natsuo Kirino / Climbing the Heights: "The Windswept Hill" by Marise Conde / Melancholy on a Hybrid Planet: "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith / Adventures in the Skin Trade: "Lisa Teasley. Glow in the Dark by Lisa Teasley; Generation Hex: Rails under My Back by Jeffrey Leonard Allen; Going Underground: Mosquito by Gail Jones; Judgment Day: Love by Toni Morrison and Edward P. Jones. Black Modernity and Laughter, or How Did "N*g*a" Get His Joke? / Kalahari Kenkenspiel, or Notes for a 20-volume Afrocentric Futurist Manifesto

On the Occasion of the Japanese Publication of Flyboy 2 by Motoko Oshino



Greg Tate
Greg Tate was born on October 14, 1957 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. After studying journalism and film at Howard University, he began his New York-based critical work as a contributor to the Village Voice. His radical critiques against the white supremacist world were immediately well received, and by the mid-1980s he had become a leading critic of mainly black culture. In the mid-1980s, he became a leading critic of black culture, and his contributions to several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Downbeat, Rolling Stone, and Vibe, led the renowned hip-hop magazine Source to call Tate "the Godfather of Hip-Hop Journalism. In 1992, Tate published his first book of criticism, Flyboy in the Buttermilk. His second book, "Flyboy 2," was published in 1992. In addition to writing, Tate continued his musical activities with several bands playing free jazz, funk, and psychedelic rock. On the other hand, he organized the Black Rock Coalition as a protest against the white privilege of the American music industry. In 2009, Tate was a visiting professor at Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies, and in 2012 he was a visiting professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. When he passed away in his sleep on December 7, 2021, at the age of 64, the Apollo Theater in Harlem displayed his name that night as a tribute.

Akihiro Yamamoto
Associate Professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. D. in Literature from the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University. D. in Literature. Specializes in cultural history and historical sociology. His publications include "Sengo Nihon hyogenshi (The History of Postwar Japanese Expressions)" (Seidosha, 2023), "Sengo democracies: Ideas and cultures that created modern Japan" (Chuokoron Shinsha, 2021), and "Oe Kenzaburo and his time: A novelist chosen after the war" (Jinbunshoin, 2019).