Real Hiphop Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the la Underground

ISBN-10: 0822343851

ISBN-13: 9780822343851

Edition: 2009

Authors: Marcyliena Morgan

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Project Blowed is a legendary hiphop workshop based in Los Angeles. It began in 1994 when a group of youth moved their already renowned open-mic nights from The Good Life, a Crenshaw district health food store, to the KAOS Network, an arts centre in Leimert Park. The local freestyle of articulate, rapid-fire, extemporaneous delivery; the juxtaposition of multiple meaningful words and sounds; and the way that MCs follow one another without missing a beat, quickly became known throughout L.A.'s underground. Leimert Park has long been a centre of African American culture and arts in Los Angeles; Project Blowed inspired youth throughout the city to consider the neighbourhood the epicentre of their own cultural movement.The Real Hiphopis an in-depth account of the language and culture of Project Blowed, based on the seven years Marcyliena Morgan spent observing the workshop and the KAOS Network. Morgan is a leading scholar of hiphop, and throughout the volume her ethnographic analysis of the L.A. underground opens up into a broader examination of the artistic and cultural value of hiphop. Morgan intersperses her observations with excerpts from interviews and transcripts of freestyle lyrics. Providing a thorough linguistic interpretation of the music, she teases out the cultural antecedents and ideologies embedded in the language, emphases, and wordplay. She discusses the artistic skills and cultural knowledge MCs must acquire to rock the mic, the socialization of hiphop culture's core and long-term members, and the persistent focus on skills, competition, and evaluation. She brings attention to adults who provided material and moral support to sustain underground hiphop, identifies the ways that women choose to participate in Project Blowed, and vividly renders the dynamics of the workshop's famous lyrical battles.
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Marcyliena Morgan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on language, culture and identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction, and she is the editor of Language and the Social Construction of Identity in Creole Situations.

Introduction: I Am Hiphop
The Hippest Corner in LA
Welcome to the Underground: Building Hiphop Culture and Language
Thursday Night at Project Blowed
(Ph)eminists of the New School: Real Women, Tough Politics, and Female Science
Politics, Discourse, and Drama: "Respect Due"
It's Hiphop Nation Time: Enter the KAOS
Appendix: Transcription Conventions
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