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The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Music/Culture) Hardcover – April 30, 2002

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“The 'Hood Comes First is a tour de force. It is the most valuable addition to the literature on hip hop to come along in recent years.” (Reebee Garofalo, author of Rockin’ Out: Popular Music in the USA)

"Forman's examination of the special issues of hip hop is a welcome and informative addition to the existing scholarship." (Mark Anthony Neal, author of Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Series: Music/Culture
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081956396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819563965
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,278,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, And Place In Rap And Hip-Hop by Murray Forman (Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University) is an exhaustive, college-level study of crucial issues concerning rap and hip-hop music. From regretful commentary on the murders of prominent music figures Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. to an analysis of the evolution of hip-hop to the interaction of place and personal identity, The 'Hood Comes First is a very serious, seminal, and ground breaking look at a unique brand of American music and its social/cultural context.
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I gave this book three stars simply because of the "scholarly" maze of words the author shuttles forces you through to make his point. Though the author has brilliant thoughts, I believe that better editing could have produced a work that would have gotten his points across more easily. A wonderful book, but only recommended to those who are used to reading doctoral dissertations.
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