New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone

ISBN-10: 1403960445

ISBN-13: 9781403960443

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Raquel Z. Rivera

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New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap megastars like Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, their contributions to hip hop are down-played, if not completely ignored. When their presence is ac-knowl-edged, it is often misinterpreted as a defection from Puerto Rican culture and an identity with the African American camp. But nothing could be further from the truth. Through hip hop, Puerto Ricans have simply stretched the boundaries of Puerto Ricanness and 'Latinidad.' In this unprecedented study, Rivera argues that Puerto Ricans share more commonalities with black Americans than with other 'Latinos' in terms of cultural history and artistic expression. Using hip hop culture as the focus, Rivera illustrates the shared New York City history and experience of these two groups in groundbreaking and engaging ways.
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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 279
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Sue Thomas is Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz. Prior to joining PIRE, she served as Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. and M.Ed. from UCLA, and her Ph.D. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research specialty is women and politics, and among her publications are How Women Legislate and Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future.Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. A freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vibe, El Diario/La Prensa and El Nuevo Dia, among many other publications. A member of the all-women Puerto Rican/Dominican roots music group, Yaya, Rivera lives in El Barrio, New York City.

Enter the New York Ricans
A Historical Narrative
1970s and Early 1980s: ""It's Just Begun""
The Late 1980s and Early 1990s: Whose Hip Hop?
The Mid to Late 1990s: Ghettocentricity, Blackness, and Pan Latinidad
Topics at the Turn of the Century
Latin@s Get Hot and Ghetto-Tropical
Butta Pecan Mamis
Navigating Blackness and Latinidad Through Language
Remembering Big Pun
Between Blackness and Latinidad: A Historical Overview
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