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Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials & The Meaning Of Grime by Jeffrey Boakye

Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials & The Meaning Of Grime by Jeffrey Boakye

Published by Influx Press Pbk 400 pp (2017)

Price: £9.99
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Influx Press says: “Hold Tight celebrates over 50 key songs that make up Grime's DNA. Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK. He also examines the representation of masculinity in the music and the media that covers it. Both a love letter to grime and an investigation into life as a black man in Britain today, Hold Tight puts seminal tracks like "Moschino", "Creeper", "Next Hype", "Too Many Man", "Rhythm And Gash", "I Can C U" and "Do They Know It’s Christmas 2004" into perspective. Insightful, very funny and stacked with sentences you’ll want to pull up and reload, Hold Tight rolls deep, giving a new context to grime. A playlist featuring all the tracks discussed in the book is available on YouTube and Spotify, so now you can listen along while you read!”

Neil Kulkarni wrote in The Wire 403: "Boakye's book is as choppy and charming and conversational as the music he's rhapsodising about. He's no didactic orator – Hold Tight feels like he's talking across the table from you, direct, punchy, accessible, like any good teacher."