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The Hip Hop Wars : What We Talk about When We Talk about Hip Hop--And Why It Matters
by Tricia Rose

Overview - Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and 'hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and examining with a critical eye because, as scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, "hip-hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States."

In "The Hip-Hop Wars," Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture?  Read more...


 
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Overview
Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and 'hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and examining with a critical eye because, as scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, "hip-hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States."

In "The Hip-Hop Wars," Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip-hop undermine black advancement?

A potent exploration of a divisive and important subject, "The Hip-Hop Wars" concludes with a call for the regalvanization of the progressive and creative heart of hip-hop. What Rose calls for is not a sanitized vision of the form, but one that more accurately reflects a much richer space of culture, politics, anger, and yes, sex, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465008971
  • ISBN-10: 0465008976
  • Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
  • Publish Date: December 2008
  • Page Count: 308


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Books > Music > Genres & Styles - Rap & Hip Hop
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