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From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. In this book, the editors demonstrate that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.
Influenced by the blues as well as West African and African-American sounds, rhythm and blues, rap, and hip-hop have become popular and influential forms of music around the world. This work explores the characteristics and importance of each of these types of music and its history and evolution. It also...
Explores how a vital, expressive culture, which began in a New York black and Latino impoverished community, has become a global delineating sign. This book investigates the collision and collusion between two globally pervasive forces: transnational media and capital and African American popular culture.
Why White Kids Love Hip Hop addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people and challenges preconceived notions of race.