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James McNally

James McNally is a writer and cultural historian. His work as a critic includes ten years at rap monthly Hip-Hop Connection, where he interviewed performers as diverse as Public Enemy, Timbaland, Kanye West and MF DOOM. As an academic, he has taught at the University of East London and the University of Bristol – where he was post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC project Regional Rap in Post-Devolution Britain. His completed Ph.D. provides the first full history of hip hop’s arrival in London in the 1980s. It is the basis for his forthcoming book, Future Shock London. James’s academic writing on hip hop is highly interdisciplinary. It spans from the role of video in the transmission of early hip hop’s visual culture (in Visual Culture in Britain) to hip hop’s relationship with deeper histories of African American fugitive art and culture (forthcoming). His Long Island Rap Renaissance project explores the interconnections of race, class and geography in the era-defining explosion of talent and innovation that emerged from New York’s Black suburbs in the late 1980s. James welcomes correspondence.

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Global Hip Hop Studies
Coordinating Editors Adam Haupt and J. Griffith Rollefson Editors Murray Forman, Karim Hammou and Sina Nitzsche Book Reviews Editor James McNally, Kendra Salois and Quentin Williams Media Review Editor Monique Charles and Justin D. Burton Dive-in-the-Archive Editors Mark V. Campbell and Amy Coddington In-the-CIPHER Editors Adam 'Project Cee' de Paor-Evans and A. D. Carson Show and Prove Editors Jacob Kimvall and Cristina Verán