- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Civitas Books; 11.2.2008 edition (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465008976
- ISBN-13: 978-0465008971
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters Paperback – December 2, 2008
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"While the depth of Tricia Rose's analytical skills is breathtaking, even more impressive is that at its heart, The Hip Hop Wars is a hopeful, inspiring book that speaks to the necessity of a community-centered vision for justice for all."―Henry Louis Gates, Jr
"In The Hip Hop Wars, Tricia Rose has thrown down the gauntlet and taken up the brutal issues that confront hip hop culture. Dispatching hip hop's haters and sycophants with equal skill, she has given us a bracing and brilliant salvo from the front line of hip hop's war for definition and survival."―Michael Eric Dyson
"Tricia Rose is the distinguished dean of hip hop studies in America. Her recent book not only affirms this grand status but also transforms our understanding of the present and future of hip hop-and race-in America. Rose's courageous voice and progressive vision are so badly needed at this time!"―Cornel West
"A loving, smart, and searing critique from the pioneer of Hip Hop studies, The Hip Hop Wars breaks the impasse between those who always regarded the music as the source of our contemporary moral panic, and those hardcore defenders willing to justify anything in the name of 'keeping it real.' Tricia Rose not only brings sanity and intelligence to the debate, but at the back of every criticism, complaint, and concern is a social justice agenda. If you care about our future, read this book."―Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"The Hip Hop Wars is Crisis of the Negro Intellectual for the new millennium. Tricia Rose's take on hip hop is smart, provocative, analytical, and gutsy."―Jill Nelson, author of Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience
"The Hip Hop Wars is a conversation changing book. It gives music fans, political progressives, parents, pop culture aficionados and scholars what we need to put a stop to stupid arguments-and address what really matters when we talk about hip hop."―Lisa Duggan, author of Twilight of Equality
"Works such as Rose's The Hip Hop Wars...based on a deep love for the music and a concern for the people who make it, listen to it, and care about it-we need a lot more of those."
"[Tricia Rose is] a poetic voice of equanimity and strategic anger...Rose has the capacity to parse out the different threads of argument, examine them, and then tear them apart...The fact that she's traveling the middle path here, neither defending nor attacking hip hop, makes for a really nuanced, thought-provoking reading...It's harder to write when you're not making grand pronouncements and one-sided judgments. Rose does a beautiful job."
"The book's clear strength is Rose's strong voice and tight research. Her exploration of the infamous Imus-gate, the effect of governmental policies such as incarceration over rehabilitation, and the question of what to expect from "role models" are all sound and compelling...Rose is definitely a fair critic."
"Renowned cultural critic Rose ventures again into the world of hip-hop and produces another work that should challenge common feelings about the subject...It's Rose's convincing arguments and challenges of assumptions that make this an important title."
About the Author
Tricia Rose is a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture, and gender issues. The author of the seminal Black Noise, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.