Black Noise : Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/1/1994
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of New England

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From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose, described by the New York Times as a "hip hop theorist," takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of this highly rhythmic, rhymed storytelling and grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it. Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at New York University, Tricia Rose sorts through rap's multiple voices by exploring its underlying urban cultural politics, particularly the influential New York City rap scene, and discusses rap as a unique musical form in which traditional African-based oral traditions fuse with cutting-edge music technologies. Next she takes up rap's racial politics, its sharp criticisms of the police and the government, and the responses of those institutions. Finally, she explores the complex sexual politics of rap, including questions of misogyny, sexual domination, and female rappers' critiques of men. But these debates do not overshadow rappers' own words and thoughts. Rose also closely examines the lyrics and videos for songs by artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One, Salt N' Pepa, MC Lyte, and L. L. Cool J. and draws on candid interviews with Queen Latifah, music producer Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, dancer Crazy Legs, and others to paint the full range of rap's political and aesthetic spectrum. In the end, Rose observes, rap music remains a vibrant force with its own aesthetic, "a noisy and powerful element of contemporary American popular culture which continues to draw a great deal of attention to itself."

Author Biography

TRICIA ROSE is a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of numerous articles on black culture, rap music, and contemporary popular culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Introduction xi
1. Voices from the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural Production
2. "All Aboard the Night Train": Flow, Layering, and Rupture in Postindustrial New York
3. Soul Sonic Forces: Technology, Orality, and Black Cultural Practice in Rap Music
4. Prophets of Rage: Rap Music and the Politics of Black Cultural Expression
5. Bad Sistas: Black Women Rappers and Sexual Politics in Rap Music
Epilogue 183(4)
Notes 187(28)
Background Sources 215(4)
Bibliography 219(10)
Index 229

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