The Rap on Gangsta Rap: Who Run It? : Gangsta Rap and Visions of Black Violence

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Third World Press, 1994 - Music - 75 pages
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A critical overview of the highly explosive and widely discussed musical artform popularly called gangsta rap. Bakari Kitwana examines the ways Black culture, male-female relationships, sexism, white supremacy (racism) and gun violence converge in the controversial rap music. Despite their attempts to forge Black unity, current heated debates about gangsta rap--across genders and generations--seem to create a greater divide. This handbook provides us with a starting point from which rap artists, community activists, religious groups, women's organizations, youth, and parents can view gangsta rap in its political, cultural, and social context.--Page [4] of cover.

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About the author (1994)

Bakari Kitwana is a former executive editor of The Source, editorial director at Third World Press, and a music reviewer for NPR's "All Things Considered." He currently freelances for the Village Voice, Savoy, The Source, and the Progressive, and his weekly column, "Do the Knowledge," is published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is the author of The Hip Hop Generation. He lives in Westlake, Ohio.

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