Hip Hop Wars What We Talk about When We Talk about Hip Hop - And Why It Matters

ISBN-10: 0465008976
ISBN-13: 9780465008971
Edition: 2008
Authors: Tricia Rose
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Description: Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and 'hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 12/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and 'hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and examining with a critical eye because, as scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip-hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States. In The Hip-Hop Wars, Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip-hop undermine black advancement? A potent exploration of a divisive and important subject, The Hip-Hop Wars concludes with a call for the regalvanization of the progressive and creative heart of hip-hop. What Rose calls for is not a sanitized vision of the form, but one that more accurately reflects a much richer space of culture, politics, anger, and yes, sex, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide.

Preface
Introduction
Top Ten Debates in Hip Hop
Hip Hop's Critics
Hip Hop Causes Violence
Hip Hop Reflects Black Dysfunctional Ghetto Culture
Hip Hop Hurts Black People
Hip Hop Is Destroying America's Values
Hip Hop Demeans Women
Hip Hop's Defenders
Just Keeping It Real
Hip Hop Is Not Responsible for Sexism
"There are Bitches and Hoes"
We're Not Role Models
Nobody Talks About the Positive in Hip Hop
Progressive Futures
Mutual Denials in the Hip Hop Wars
Progressive Voices, Energies, and Visions
Six Guiding Principles for Progressive Creativity, Consumption, and Community in Hip Hop and Beyond
Radio Station Consolidation
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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