Rose, Tricia.

The hip hop wars : what we talk about when we talk about hip hop--and why it matters / What we talk about when we talk about hip hop--and why it matters Tricia Rose. - New York : BasicCivitas, ©2008. - xii, 308 pages ; 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-291) and index.

Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1: Top Ten Debates In Hip Hop -- Hip hop's critics -- 1: Hip hop causes violence -- 2: Hip hop reflects black dysfunctional ghetto culture -- 3: Hip hop hurts black people -- 4: Hip hop is destroying America's values -- 5: Hip hop demeans women -- Hip hop's defenders -- 6: Just keeping it real -- 7: Hip hop is not responsible for sexism -- 8: There are bitches and hoes -- 9: We're not role models -- 10: Nobody talks about the positive in hip hop -- Part 2: Progressive Futures -- 11: Mutual denials in the hip hop wars -- 12: Progressive voices, energies, and visions -- 13: Six guiding principles for progressive creativity, consumption, and community in hip hop and beyond -- Appendix: Radio station consolidation -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

From the Publisher: 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.

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Hip-hop--Social aspects--United States.
Rap (Music)--Social aspects--United States.
Social change--United States.
Subculture--United States.
African Americans--Social conditions.


United States--Social conditions.

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