The Hip-hop Wars
What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip-hop and Why it Matters
By (author) Tricia Rose
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Hip-hop Wars by Tricia Rose
Book DescriptionHip-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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465008971
(235mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Civitas Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Tricia Rose starts a dialogue by presenting the sexual testimonies of black women spanning a broad range of ages, levels of education and socio-economic backgrounds. This book challenges commonly held perceptions of black women as teenage mothers, welfare recipients, mammies or exotic sexual playthings.
Microphone Fiends, Paperback (June 1994)
This collection of essays and interviews assembles scholars, critics, journalists and performers to focus on youth music and the contemporary scene. It includes theoretical discussions on musical history, and social commentary on various genres.
Black Noise, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by Tricia Rose
Discusses the elements of rap music, including its lyrics, music, culture, and style, and looks at the impact of rap music.
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Author Biography - Tricia Rose
Tricia Rose is a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century African-American culture and politics, social thought, popular culture, and gender issues. The author of the seminal Black Noise, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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