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The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Civitas Books
Publication date December 1, 2008
Pages 308
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465008971
ISBN-10 0465008976
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $16.99
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How hip hop shapes our conversations about race--and how race influences our consideration of hip hop

Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America-from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has long given voice to the African American experience. As scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip hop, in fact, has become one of the primary ways we talk about race in the United States.

But hip hop is in crisis. For years, the most commercially successful hip hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and hos. This both represents and feeds a problem in black American culture. Or does it? 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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2 edition from Basic Civitas Books (January 24, 2017); titled "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters"
9780465096893 | details & prices | 320 pages | List price $16.99
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from Basic Civitas Books (December 1, 2008); titled "The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters"
9780465008971 | details & prices | 308 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $16.99
About: How hip hop shapes our conversations about race--and how race influences our consideration of hip hop Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America-from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has long given voice to the African American experience.

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