Last week I had the chance to sit down with Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music, for another of the POMEPS Conversations series. We got to talk about jazz diplomacy during the Cold War, hip hop diplomacy over the last decade, and how it all relates to Islam:
We talked about Dave Brubek, Eric Hobsbawm, John Coltrane, Chuck D, Rakim, Talib Kweli and Ferguson, and what happened to the politically oppositional edge of American hip hop. If only it had been a few days later, we might have been able to relate it all back to Lupe Fiasco and Tony Blair's counter-radicalization initiative. Enjoy!