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Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music

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ISBN-10: 0275994619

ISBN-13: 9780275994617

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mickey Hess

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Recently, proclamations of hip hop's death have positively flooded the airwaves. This issue may have reached its boiling point in Nas's 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead. Nas's album is driven by nostalgia for a mythically pure moment in hip-hop's history, when the music was motivated by artistic passion, instead of base commercialism. In the course of this same album, however, Nas himself brags about making money for his particular record label. These and similar contradictions are emblematic of the complex forces underlying the dialogue that keeps hip-hop a vital element of our culture. Is Hip Hop Dead? seeks to illuminate the origins of hip-hop nostalgia and examine how artists maintain control…    
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Book details

List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The rap career
The rap life
The rap persona
Sampling and stealing
White rappers
Hip hop, whiteness, and parody