Nuthin' but a "G" Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap

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Columbia University Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Music - 264 pages
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Focusing on the artists Ice Cube, Dr Dre, the Geto Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Quinn explores the origins, development, and immense popularity of gangsta rap. Including detailed readings in urban geography, neoconservative politics, subcultural formations, black cultural debates, and music industry conditions, this book explains how and why this music genre emerged.


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Since the days of N.W.A. in the late 1980s, gangsta rap has played a critical role in the culture of hip-hop. Quinn (American studies, Univ. of Manchester, U.K.) has written an impressive academic ... Read full review


A Gangsta Parable 1
Black Cultural Studies and the Politics of Representation 17
Gangstas Emergence in 1980s Los Angeles 41
Ghetto Discourses and
Badman Lore and Gangsta Rap 92
Whos the Mack? Rap Performance and Trickster Tales 116
The GFunk Era and the PostSoul Family 141
Tupac Shakur and the Legacies of Gangsta 173
Notes 193
Index 237

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Eithne Quinn teaches American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her work on rap music, cultural studies, and African American popular culture has appeared in edited books and journals, including the Journal of American Studies and Black Music Research Journal.

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