The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters

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Basic Books, Dec 2, 2008 - Art - 308 pages
How hip hop shapes our conversations about race--and how race influences our consideration of hip hop
Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America-from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has long given voice to the African American experience. As scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip hop, in fact, has become one of the primary ways we talk about race in the United States.

But hip hop is in crisis. For years, the most commercially successful hip hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and hos. This both represents and feeds a problem in black American culture. Or does it? 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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Contents

Introduction
1
TOP TEN DEBATES IN HIP HOP Hip Hops Critics
25
Hip Hop Causes Violence
33
Hip Hop Reflects Black Dysfunctional Ghetto Culture
61
Hip Hop Hurts Black People
75
Hip Hop Is Destroying Americas Values
95
Hip Hop Demeans Women
113
Just Keeping It Real
133
There are Bitches and Hoes
167
Were Not Role Models
187
Nobody Talks About the Positive in Hip Hop
201
Mutual Denials in the Hip Hop Wars
217
Progressive Voices Energies and Visions
241
Six Guiding Principles for Progressive Creativity
261
Radio Station Consolidation
274
Bibliography
289

Hip Hop Is Not Responsible for Sexism
149

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About the author (2008)

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.