Hip-hop revolution : the culture and politics of rap (eBook, ) [donkeytime.org]Lawrence: UP of Kansas, Central to every argument in this five-chapter book is the insistence that hip-hop is not monolithic in its artistic manifestations, meanings, intentions, or means of consumption. Indeed, the work engages with theoretical political concepts such as hegemony and institutionalized racism without being incomprehensible to a reader unversed in highly academic theoretical jargon. Ogbar contextualizes the debate by providing a history of the minstrel figure in American popular culture, relying particularly on the work of W. Lhamon and Patricia Hill Collins. The remainder of the chapter examines the proliferating echoes of minstrel images in s hip-hop, as evidenced by the defining characteristics of greed, violence, hypersexuality and pathos in gangsta rap a genre further defined in chapter two. It also explores how other racial groups have appropriated African American semiotics in order to achieve an aesthetic of hip-hop authenticity, simultaneously engaging in cultural melding and reinforcing the notion of race as a social construct.
Jeffrey G. Ogbar
By Jeffrey O. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, Jeffrey O. Ogbar's new book is a wide-ranging and knowledgeable addition to the expanding field of hip-hop studies. He addresses many aspects of this controversial and influential cultural phenomenon: its charged gender and racial politics; its engagement with the repressive criminal justice system; its fierce investment in authenticity; its potential for political mobilization; and the music's effects on young listeners. As a historian deeply conversant with hip-hop, Ogbar builds most of his arguments by combining long-frame historicization, contemporary contextualization, and lyric analysis.
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Hip-Hop Revolution explores the current cultural and political landscape of hip-hop by providing a broad based historical context for the art. Beginning with the emergence of popular culture in the United States and the minstrel show in the antebellum era, I work through the emergence of jazz, rock and roll, blaxploitation movies in the s, to the development of hip-hop in the mids New York City. The point is to explore the durability of race as a touchtone for popular entertainment—particularly music. By doing this, I establish an essential framework for understanding certain deeply racialized tropes in hip-hop. Though this book gives some cursory overview of the history of popular culture and race, it is, at its core, an examination of hip-hop with a special emphasis on its last 15 years. I explore the meaning and implications of rap music in particular.
HathiTrust Digital Library, Limited view search only. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item Easily one of the most substantial and thoughtful works on the cultural politics of hip-hop. Ogbar successfully balances an insider's love of the culture with a scholar's critical eye. Is hip-hop ripping society apart?