Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America

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Ajay Nair, Murali Balaji
Lexington Books, Oct 17, 2008 - Music - 202 pages
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Desi Rap is a collection of essays from South Asian American activists, academics, and hip-hop artists that explores four main ideas: hip-hop as a means of expression of racial identity, class status, gender, sexuality, racism, and culture; the appropriation of Black racial identity by South Asian American consumers of hip-hop; the furthering of the discourse on race and ethnic identity in the United States through hip-hop; and the exploration of South Asian Americans' use of hip-hop as a form of social protest. Ultimately, this volume is about broadening our horizons through hip-hop and embracing the South Asian American community's polycultural legacy and future.
 

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Contents

Ch01 My HipHop Life
3
Ethnicand Racialized Desi HipHop
17
Ch03 HipHop Agitprop
33
Sex Style andMobility in Indian American Youth Culture
41
Ch05 How HipHop Helped anIndian Girl Find Her Way Home
71
South Asians and HipHop
79
Ch07 Outcaste
109
PART II
123
Ch09 The Disjointed Artist
127
Ch10 Beats Rhythm Life
137
Ch11 Sounds from a Town I Love
149
Ch12 Words from the Battlefront
155
Ch13 An Ear to the Streetsand a Vibe in the Basement
163
Afterword
171
Index
177
About the Contributors
187

Ch08 Spoken Word
125

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Ajay Nair is Associate Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Murali Balaji is a lecturer and doctoral fellow at the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University.

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