Rap Music and Street Consciousness

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Music - 302 pages
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In this first musicological history of rap, Cheryl L. Keyes traces the genre's history from its roots in West African bardic traditions, the Jamaican dancehall tradition, and African American vernacular expressions to its permeation of the cultural mainstream as a major tenet of the hip-hop lifestyle.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Sociocultural History and Aesthetics of Rap Music
15
The Roots and Stylistic Foundation of the Rap Music Tradition
17
The Development of the Rap Music Tradition
39
The Explosion of Rap Music in the Musical Mainstream
67
Expanding Frontiers Rap Music 19902000
104
Street Production The Aesthetics of Style and Performance in the Rap Music Tradition
122
The Critical Perspectives of Rap Music and the HipHop Nation
155
Visualizing Beats and Rhymes
210
Epilogue
227
Glossary of Common Rap Music Terms
231
Notes
235
Selected Discography
251
Works Cited
259
General Index
281
Index of Recordings and Music Videos
297

Issues Conflicts and Conspiracies The HipHop Nation at a Crossroad
157
Daughters of the Blues Women Race and Class Representation in Rap Music Performance
186

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About the author (2004)

Cheryl L. Keyes is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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