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Hip-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.
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.
Table of Contents
|Top Ten Debates in Hip Hop|
|Hip Hop's Critics|
|Hip Hop Causes Violence||p. 33|
|Hip Hop Reflects Black Dysfunctional Ghetto Culture||p. 61|
|Hip Hop Hurts Black People||p. 75|
|Hip Hop Is Destroying America's Values||p. 95|
|Hip Hop Demeans Women||p. 113|
|Hip Hop's Defenders|
|Just Keeping It Real||p. 133|
|Hip Hop Is Not Responsible for Sexism||p. 149|
|"There are Bitches and Hoes"||p. 167|
|We're Not Role Models||p. 187|
|Nobody Talks About the Positive in Hip Hop||p. 201|
|Mutual Denials in the Hip Hop Wars||p. 217|
|Progressive Voices, Energies, and Visions||p. 241|
|Six Guiding Principles for Progressive Creativity, Consumption, and Community in Hip Hop and Beyond||p. 261|
|Radio Station Consolidation||p. 274|
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