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The Hip-Hop Mindset as a Professional Practice
Air-Walking and Trash-Talking

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ISBN 9780367465599
September 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A hip-hop mindset is a set of professional practices that respects and values being both original and innovative. It is a professional approach that welcomes new ways of knowing, being and doing. Creativity is central. Hip-hop habits of mind are marked by high levels of drive, hunger, confidence, and self-worth. Hip-hop culture also demands an ethic of excellence. We command attention. We claim our space. In other words we own the spaces that we occupy. We also celebrate our greatness--brag, boast, pose. These are all necessary forms of self-love. But hip-hop is also a space of honor, integrity, kinship and grace. Most importantly, the hip-hop mindset gives us all (students, educators or any professional) the permission to show up in life as your full authentic self and to shine in your own culturally unique way. It gives us freedom.

Centered primarily in the field of education (P-20), this book introduces the hip-hop mindset as a professional practice that holds relevance for ambitious leaders in any profession who seek to innovate, trailblaze, and create so much professional magic, that they appear to walk on air.

Table of Contents

One: Born to Rhyme, Destined to Shine;  Two: Drive;  Three: Approach;  Four: Posture;  Five: Can I Kick It? Profiles of the Hip-hop Mindset in Practice;   Six: The Hip-Hop Mindset;  Seven: Drop the Mic;  Appendix Technics


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Toby S. Jenkins is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, USA. She is also the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the UofSC Graduate School.


Dr. Toby Jenkins’ book, "The Hip-Hop Mindset" aligns and triggers rarely thought of and "dope" views about the power of a hip-hop mindset and how it can effectively be embodied in praxis. I have never seen such a prolific writing about hip-hop and its value proposition and impact on creative and forward thinking, practice, knowledge and community connectedness for good. The read reps the foundation for understanding hip-hop as unapologetically drive-driven and positively strategic.

P. Thandi Hicks Harper, Ph.D.

President, Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc.

Former Faculty of Education at Howard University

Author of first thesis in higher education worldwide on Hip-Hop Education



"The Hip-Hop Mindset" offers professionals in other industries insight into what those of us in the music industry have known for decades: that hip-hop is a mainstream culture of power, drive, excellence, and success. Professor Toby Jenkins’ profile of the "hip-hop habits of mind" is accurate, authentic and filled with all of the creativity, flavor, flow and style required by the culture.

A.J. Savage

Former Director of Radio Promotion at J Records, Arista Records, and RCA Records and Vice President of Promotions & Marketing at Warner Bro. Records


In true Hip-hop scholar fashion, Dr. Toby Jenkins presents an educational approach borne of the aesthetics of Hip-hop—the Hip-hop Mindset. It goes to the core of what education and professional discipline should do--begin with students’ human audacity, a posture that pushes past basic test scores into higher realms of creativity, a superstar mindset where guts and love are core to an ethic of professional practice.

Elaine Richardson, PhD

Professor of Literacy Studies

Department of Teaching and Learning

The Ohio State University