The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters
Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and 'hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and examining with a critical eye because, as scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip-hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States.
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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TOP TEN DEBATES IN HIP HOP
Hip Hops Critics
2 Hip Hop Reflects Black Dysfunctional Ghetto Culture 61
3 Hip Hop Hurts Black People 75
4 Hip Hop Is Destroying Americas Values 95
5 Hip Hop Demeans Women 113
Hip Hops Defenders
10 Nobody Talks About the Positive in Hip Hop 201
11 Mutual Denials in the Hip Hop Wars 217
12 Progressive Voices Energies and Visions 241
13 Six Guiding Principles for Progressive Creativity Consumption and Community in Hip Hop and Beyond 261
Radio Station Consolidation 274