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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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I don't believe that she has listened to hip hop seriously in 10 years nor do I believe she understands the sentiment of young (16-28 year old) hip hop fans and followers. The people who buy 50 cent, TI, Lil Wayne or Jay-Z cds and understand their music as "autobiographical" are the same people following Us weekly's coverage of Britney Spear's mental breakdown with schadenfreude-istic pleasure, or buying Mylie Cyrus cds and fighting to the death to attend her concerts, naive consumers whose reductive understanding of culture feeds their need for sensational media. The parents of these idiotic consumers are the only ones who are causing all this political concern (them, and the bougie blacks like Bill Cosby who are overly concerned with what whites think of us).
Most rappers are aware and vocal of the fact that they are producing a persona, a character. Jay-Z, TI, Lil Wayne and even Cam'Ron have all explicitly said in one interview or on their albums / mixtapes that they draw a distinction between who they are as people, and the character that they are crafting in their music for entertainment purposes (interviews Rose does not cite). Why does Jay-Z get shot at the end of his 99 problems video? It was supposed to represent the death of Jay-Z the character and rebirth of Sean Carter the person (didn't last long...but that was the point).Read more ›
If the history of this country wasn't so fraught with old and new forms of racism, perhaps that approach to hip hop would be possible. Instead, we have a context in which hip hop is constantly made to stand in as a representation of all black people and to stand in for various forms of "deviance." Rose demonstrates how representations circulated by mainstream hip hop allow people to excuse themselves from dealing with their own complicity in racism, sexism, homophobia and systemic inequality. By taking both hip hop's critics and defenders to task, Rose insists that there are very real consequences to leaving these matters unaddressed.
Stepping into a club and seeing the ways so many men and women, boys and girls of all races mimic what they see in mainstream hip hop representations tells us that the 'hip hop trinity' is schooling youth to interact in ways that often reinforce sexism/racism/homophobia while leaving the larger forces that drive systemic inequality invisible.Read more ›
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“Hip Hop is not dead, but it is gravely ill. The beauty and life force of hip hop have been squeezed out, wrung nearly dry by the compounding factors of commercialism, distorted... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Navidad Thelamour
I was really excited to read this book, and almost immediately disappointed. There's little nuance or insight here; she's just taking the (terribly uninteresting) view that hip hop... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daniel Wilkes
Check this out if you're trying to learn the rise and decline of Hip-HopPublished 15 months ago by The CRITIC
must read for clear understanding of rap music, i support this book, please pick up,Published 18 months ago by jerome haynes
I really enjoyed reading this book and the condition of the book was just as it was described. Thank you for having quality products.Published on April 29, 2013 by Emocin
An acclaimed scholar with degrees from Yale and Brown, Rose's latest work failed to disappoint on every level. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Jason