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Other People's Property A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America

ISBN-10: 1596912731
ISBN-13: 9781596912731
Edition: 2007
Authors: Jason Tanz
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Description: Over the last quarter-century hip-hop has grown from an esoteric form of African-American expression to become the dominant form of American popular culture. Today, Snoop Dogg shills for Chrysler and white kids wear Fubu, the black-owned label whose  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 2/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Over the last quarter-century hip-hop has grown from an esoteric form of African-American expression to become the dominant form of American popular culture. Today, Snoop Dogg shills for Chrysler and white kids wear Fubu, the black-owned label whose name stands for "For Us, By Us." This is not the first time that black music has been appreciated, adopted, and adapted by white audiences--think jazz, blues, and rock--but Jason Tanz, a white boy who grew up in the suburban Northwest, says that hip-hop's journey through white America provides a unique window to examine the racial dissonance that has become a fact of our national life. In such culture-sharing Tanz sees white Americans struggling with their identity, and wrestling (often unsuccessfully) with the legacy of race. To support his anecdotally driven history of hip-hop's cross-over to white America, Tanz conducts dozens of interviews with fans, artists, producers, and promoters, including some of hip-hop's most legendary figures--such as Public Enemy's Chuck D; white rapper MC Serch; and former "Yo! MTV Raps" host Fab 5 Freddy. He travels across the country, visiting "nerdcore" rappers in Seattle, who rhyme about Star Wars conventions; a group of would-be gangstas in a suburb so insulated it's called "the bubble"; a break-dancing class at the upper-crusty New Canaan Tap Academy; and many more. Drawing on the author's personal experience as a white fan as well as his in-depth knowledge of hip-hop's history, "Other People's Property" provides a hard-edged, thought-provoking, and humorous snapshot of the particularly American intersection of race, commerce, culture, and identity.

Preface
White Like Me: An Introduction
Touring the 'Hood: Hunting for Reality in New York City
Spin Control: A History of Breakdancing in the Suburbs
Crossover: Hip-Pop Hits the Airwaves
Great White Hopes: Wegroes Shed Their Skin
Wiggaz4Life: White Gangstas in the Bubble
White-on-White Rhyme: 8 Mile, Nerdcore, and Mooks
Selling Down: The Marketing of the Hip-Hop Nation
Lose Yourself: A Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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