Hip-hop revolution : the culture and politics of rap
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Hip-Hop Revolution explores the current cultural and political landscape of hip-hop by providing a broad based historical context for the art. Beginning with the emergence of popular culture in the United States and the minstrel show in the antebellum era, I work through the emergence of jazz, rock and roll, blaxploitation movies in the s, to the development of hip-hop in the mids New York City. The point is to explore the durability of race as a touchtone for popular entertainment—particularly music. By doing this, I establish an essential framework for understanding certain deeply racialized tropes in hip-hop. Though this book gives some cursory overview of the history of popular culture and race, it is, at its core, an examination of hip-hop with a special emphasis on its last 15 years. I explore the meaning and implications of rap music in particular. From Congressional hearings, controversial artists, to a cultural juggernaut, with incisive, bold, and daring social and political commentary, rap music is full of diverse expressions and experiences.
Get this from a library! Hip-hop revolution: the culture and politics of rap. [Jeffrey Ogbonna Green Ogbar] -- In this groundbreaking book, Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar.
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Lawrence: UP of Kansas, Central to every argument in this five-chapter book is the insistence that hip-hop is not monolithic in its artistic manifestations, meanings, intentions, or means of consumption. Indeed, the work engages with theoretical political concepts such as hegemony and institutionalized racism without being incomprehensible to a reader unversed in highly academic theoretical jargon. Ogbar contextualizes the debate by providing a history of the minstrel figure in American popular culture, relying particularly on the work of W. Lhamon and Patricia Hill Collins. The remainder of the chapter examines the proliferating echoes of minstrel images in s hip-hop, as evidenced by the defining characteristics of greed, violence, hypersexuality and pathos in gangsta rap a genre further defined in chapter two.