Cant Stop Wont Stop (book cover)

Welcome to Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop website, version 2.0. This site, redesigned and updated by 226 Design and Kuwayama Design, features all you need to know about the award-winning book and its author, the latest news and a list of Jeff’s upcoming appearances, the infamous Zentronix blog, and an archive of Jeff’s writings on politics, culture, and hip-hop. Step in the arena…

Who We Be + N+1=Summer Reading For You

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

An exclusive excerpt of Who We Be will see the summer light in n+1’s 20th issue. Yes.

“I Gotta Be Able To Counterattack” : Los Angeles Rap and The Riots

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

“Once we have a knowledge of self as a people then no devil could ever enter our boundaries.” Aceyalone and Mykah 9 at the Good Life Photo by B+ from his forthcoming book, Ghost Notes Thanks to Oliver Wang, Evan Kindley, and B+, my piece on rap on the Los Angeles riots is up today […]

Who We Be To Be Published October 21st!

Long-rumored, oft-delayed–Who We Be: The Colorization of America is out October 21st. And yes, we do mean 2014. You can’t rush beautiful.

Jeff’s At Work On Two New Books

Jeff has begun working on Who We Be: The Colorization of America, the followup to Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and Total Chaos

The Reader is the online archive of Jeff’s writings on culture, politics, music, and more. It includes excerpts and outtakes from Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and interviews with Jeff. Articles are being added regularly, so come back often.

WHO WE BE PREVIEW : Post-Racial Or Post-Hope? :: Race In The Obama Era

This piece was commissioned by Folha De São Paulo‘s Sunday magazine, Ilustríssima at the midpoint of Obama’s first term. It meant to capture the racial moment in the U.S. for Brazilian audiences, but it also reveals some of the themes and topics of Who We Be: The Colorization of America, due out on St. Martin’s Press in late 2011.

Saturday Nite Fresh : An Interview With Uncle Jamm’s Army

In tribute to the late great Rodger “Uncle Jamm” Clayton, here are large excerpts from a 1994 interview conducted by me and Mike Nardone, featuring Iceberg and Egyptian Lover. Plus, you can download the original Rap Pages article…

The Creativity Stimulus

Every moment of major social change requires a collective leap of imagination. Political transformation must be accompanied not just by spontaneous and organized expressions of unrest and risk, but by an explosion of mass creativity…