"If not as old as hip hop itself, perhaps as diverse in its participants, varied in its interpretations and approaches, and vibrant in its disseminative influence is hip hop scholarship. The most recent and forceful addition to the literature is Raphael Travis's The Healing Power of Hip Hop. Moving deftly from larger conceptual meta-questions such as identity formation, improvisational aesthetics, the role of popular culture in society, and individual personality development, to situational and pragmatic applications of personal goal attainment strategies, theories of education, mental and physical health promotion, and community empowerment tactics, The Healing Power of Hip Hop is at once energetically theoretical and stimulatingly practical and prescriptive. In this deeply researched work, Travis draws on a wide variety of approaches, concepts, and sources, and displays the added and appreciable talent of conveying his thoughts in prose that will be accessible across a wide range of professions and interests. For its profound originality, rigorous scholarship, and inspiring implications, this book will be appreciatively used and enjoyed by educators, community-builders, researchers, program architects, and implementers, and, of course, hip hop heads who want to know more about the history, present reality, and the promise of at least one suggested possible future of an art form that has enriched their lives and undoubtedly will continue to do so."
"Hip Hop can heal. If you're a supporter of Hip Hop, you know that. What Dr. Raphael Travis has done is show that. With the same diligence he used to become one of the leading scholars of Hip Hop education, Dr. Travis has methodically painted the big picture of Hip Hop with numerous individual strokes. With each reference to a song and a lyric in that song, Dr. Travis does what he does best: he educates and empowers the reader with empircal evidence of what they already know . . . Hip Hop is much more than beats and rhymes. Hip Hop can heal."
"Raphael Travis has put together a powerful text that challenges the ways that we engage in, and with hip-hop. This work is as engaging as it is informative and is an invaluable resource for anyone in fields related to health and/or human development. Through a frame of healing, this work provides a fresh new landscape. Powerful work!"
"The Healing Power of Hip Hop bursts forth with challenging and unexpected insights that are fueled by a new and creative set of synaptic connections between the elements of a deeply resonant, modern, and influential cultural tradition and the factors that influence health and healing. Travis peels back layer after layer of hip hop influence to reveal new ways of connecting hip hop to fundamental notions of identity, purpose, mindset, and development that all influence the decisions young people make about their lives, their lifestyles, and their health. I anticipate that this volume will become a bridge not only between the music and anthropology departments on one end of the campus with the public health and medical school at the other end, but will also bridge parts of our consciousness that have also been unfortunately separated."