Hip Hop America

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Viking, 1998 - Music - 226 pages
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Since it sprang off the walls and streets of New York in the early eighties, the baggy-panted, break-dancing, in-your-face world of hip-hop has dominated popular music, fashion, advertising, and even politics for two decades. Constantly reinventing itself, today it's big business. But what--and whose--is it really?Nelson George's acclaimed book, The Death of Rhythm and Blues, established him as one of the most reliable observers of African American (and therefore, all American) popular music. This book is the long-awaited sequel to that classic. It offers a tour through the waves of a multimedia explosion of which rap music is only the most audible manifestation--from Kool Herc and the Sugar Hill Gang through Public Enemy to Puff Daddy. George looks at the roles of entrepreneurship, technology, and language; considers the themes (and controversies) of violence and misogyny, crossover, and blaxploitation; and argues, powerfully, why hip-hop has held its steady grip on American popular culture despite all odds for over twenty years.

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A long way from two turntables and a microphone, this latest sojourn into rap culture by novelist and music critic George (Seduced, LJ 3/15/96) is no less than a nonlinear documentary of an industry ... Read full review

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POSTSOUL
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HIP HOP WASNT JUST ANOTHER DATE
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GANGSTERSREAL AND UNREAL 84
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Nelson George is the author of several non-fiction books, including "The Death of Rhythm & Blues" & "Hip Hop America", both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, & three novels, "One Woman Short", "Seduced", & the "Essence" Blackboard bestseller "Urban Romance". An award-winning journalist, he is also an accomplished screenwriter (including "Strictly Business" & "CB-4") & an Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO's "The Chris Rock Show". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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