Roc the Mic Right The Language of Hip Hop Culture

ISBN-10: 0415358787
ISBN-13: 9780415358781
Edition: 2006
Authors: H. Samy Alim
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Roc the Mic Right is the first in-depth, book-length analysis of the most pervasive yet least examined aspect of Hip Hop Culture - its language. Hip Hop Culture has captured the minds of youth "all around the world, from Japan to Amsterdam" (like the homie Kurupt say), shaping youth identities, styles, attitudes, languages, fashions, and both physical and political stances. Written in both "Hip Hop Nation Language" and "academic discourse," Alim takes the reader on a journey through Hip Hop's inventive linguistic landscape, deconstructing its discourse and poetics, while highlighting relationships between language, identity and power (from the groundbreaking exploration of the Muslim "transglobal Hip Hop ummah" to the critical study of Black Language in White public space). What sets this book apart from many on the subject is Alim's extensive ethnographic fieldwork and his close contact with the Hip Hop community, from multiplatinum superstars to street-level, underground heads. Drawing upon animpressively broad range of theories and methodologies, from sociolinguistics and anthropology to cultural studies and poetics, Alim places the Hip Hop artists - such as Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Ras Kass, JT the Bigga Figga, Eve and Juvenile - in the center by viewing them as interpreters of their own culture. The result is a fascinating insider's view of what can arguably be referred to as the most profound cultural and musical movement to rock the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Foreword
Shout outs
"The streetz iz a mutha": The street and the formation of a Hip Hop Linguistics (HHLx)
Verbal Mujahidin in the Transglobal Hip Hop Umma: Islam, discursive struggle, and the weapons of mass culture
"Talkin Black in this White Man's World": Linguistic supremacy, linguistic equanimity, and the politics of language
"Bring it to the cypher": Hip Hop Nation Language
Spittin the Code of the Streets: The strategic construction of a street-conscious identity
"Every syllable of mine is an umbilical cord through time": Toward an analytical schema of Hip Hop poetics
"I'm Pharoahe when I'm on stage; I'm Troy when I'm home in Queens": An interview with Pharoahe Monch
References
Index

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