The Hip-Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About

The Hip-Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip-Hop--and Why It Matters ❰Epub❯ ❧ The Hip-Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip-Hop--and Why It Matters Author Tricia Rose – How hip hop shapes our conversations about race and how race influences our consideration of hip hop Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize winning Kend How hip hop shapes our conversations about Wars: What MOBI ☆ race and how race influences our consideration of hip hop Hip hop is a distinctive form of black art in America from Tupac to the Pulitzer Prize winning Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has long given voice to the African American experience As scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip hop, in fact, has become one of the primary ways we talk about race in the United The Hip-Hop PDF or States But hip hop is in crisis For years, the most commercially successful hip hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and hos This both represents and feeds a problem in black American culture Or does it 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 Hip-Hop Wars: What PDF ↠ 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 thataccurately reflects a much richer space of culture, politics, anger, and yes, sex, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide.

10 thoughts on “The Hip-Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip-Hop--and Why It Matters

  1. Teresa Teresa says:

    The most important thing i took away from this book is media literacy I learned to perceive the difference between art and autobiography in rap Rose also helps you identify the intent behind attacks on hip hop, how to recognize critism made on behalf of black youth and criticism made solely to pathologize black youth I also watched the documentary Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes that Rose references It s really good The film reveals the way rappers try to emulate the dominant white masculinity this country was founded on, masculinity that is predatory and exploitative It blew my mind the connection made between George Bush and 50 Cent both being thugs This book and film will help you to be critical of what you consume and endorse and fill your life with.

  2. Navidad Thélamour Navidad Thélamour says:

    Hip Hop is not dead, but it is gravely ill The beauty and life force of hip hop have been squeezed out, wrung nearly dry by the compounding factors of commercialism, distorted racial and sexual fantasy, oppression, and alienation It has been a sad thing to witness Rose s survey on the current state of the hip hop industry is a dazzling display of contemporary cultural probing and criticism The Hip Hop Wars dissects the music industry, particularly the sphere of hip hop music, and puts it through a methodical and impassioned analysis from the inside out Two thirds of this work uses the framework of Critics vs Defenders, exploring each side of the arguments presented, which allowed for an extremely dynamic and diverse examination of the subject Simultaneously, Part Two Progressive Futures offered solutions to the problem that hip hop and the African American diaspora, as the community and identity surrounding it, are confronted with The format itself was refreshing, as it endeavored to offer as comprehensive a view of the industry s landscape as possible, while also offering solutions to the problems, rather than simply proselytizing to the masses from a perch on a soap box No, this was a down to earth work in that way, in that the author was clearly writing from the concerned standpoint of one entrenched in the soul of the very wounded creature that they seek to heal, rather than from an outsider s view, hovering above the culture and taking stilled snapshots from their safe locale outside of the battle field, away from the dangers of getting their own hands dirty Rose reaches into the heart of the new technologies and music markets that now shape and affect this music, as well as the gaping mouth of the corporate Goliath poised to gobble up this once expressive art form like the Cookie Monster She examines the who, what, when, where, and, most importantly, the why of the disintegration of this form of artful story telling and the complicit ness of the artists and its consumers in the demise of their own culture, their own music, their own outlet and venue of true personal expression Neither rappers, nor music moguls nor radio stations are spared in this introspective and insightful survey Unemployment, the drug trade, and even affordable housing and white consumption, feminism, sexism all the isms, really , even Shaft and Foxy Brown s roles in the foundation, intent and culture of hip hop music are examined and explained to create an entire picture of the hip hop music industry and its players While I loved The Hip Hop Wars and the passion and thorough research with which Rose displayed her arguments, there were times where she managed to nearly push me off the bandwagon well, maybe not off, but to the edge Some of her arguments seemed a bit overwrought and exaggerative, and there are several places in my notes believe me, this one was highlighted and marked up like schoolwork where I wrote that I thought she was overdoing it a bit However, her overall argument really grabbed me, educated me and entertained me I felt that I came away with something that I didn t have before, when I finished the last page and closed the book, and that is what reading is all about that is what a good argument should do I would absolutely read this one again and suggest it to anyone considering giving it a whirl This one proved why we can t just sit by and watch an art form crumble, watch a culture be commercialized, packaged and sold with such deformities that it no longer represents the subject that it depicts at all all for the sake of capitalism and mass exploitation The term street became a euphemism for a monsoon of profanity, gratuitous violence, female and male hyper promiscuity, the most vulgar materialism, and the total suppression of social consciousness That is not what black culture is about, though it is the way that it is portrayed on the radio and in pop culture The Hip Hop Wars brought to the forefront where it all went wrong, and how we can take it back again True hip hop is not gentrified or yuppified it isn t Barbie doll packaged and ready for shipping, complete with a thong and gold teeth It isn t the minstrel show that it s become today, and Tricia Rose helps us to both remember and explore that 4 stars See reviews from The Navi Review at and follow the blog on Twitter thenavireview

  3. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Wow Don t let the title fool you This is not a mere glimpse into hip hop culture This is a history lesson that looks way back, this is an in depth study of the lovers and haters of hip hop, this is an economics lesson and a lesson on sexism, racism and homophobia and how we all continue to perpetuate this hate This has so much packed into one book you ll come out the other end with an intelligent understanding of hip hop and all its implications, both good and bad You can also find the author online delivering talks of this subject Fascinating.

  4. Ms. Online Ms. Online says:

    AMEN CORNERMoya BaileyReview of The Hip Hop Wars What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It MattersBy Tricia RoseBasic CivitasAnd let the Church say, Amen It s unusual to begin a book review with a black church call and response staple, but Tricia Rose s timely mediation in The Hip Hop Wars had me testifying as I read Her critique of the state of hip hop and her challenge to the contrived conversations that have developed around it are long overdue.A professor of Africana studies at Brown University, Rose grew up in the 1970s in the Bronx, where hip hopwas born Her connection to the art form blossomed there, leading to her critically acclaimed 1994 survey of the genre, Black Noise. Hip hop s rising popularity prompted commercial interests to take note, transforming its images into easily digestible caricatures and stereotypes of black people as thugs, pimps and hos Before long, it had become an ideological whipping boy for the right, a scapegoat for the supposed decline in American morality Rose expresses grave concern that the public sees hip hop as a stand in for black people, black youth in particular.Apologists for hip hop argue that rappers are simply telling the truth and exposing the realities of urban life as they live them American society deserves indictment for its institutionalized sexism, racism and homophobia, but Rose argues that while structural oppression informs the music, it does not absolve hip hop of its own misogyny and gratuitous violence Then she goes beyond this obvious debate, condemning the corporate profit seekers who exploit hip hop culture and calling for accountability from those who make the music, from rappers to industry execs She leaves no stone unturned, even examining the influential rapper Jay Z who often gets a pass from hip hop academics alongside notorious rap artists She also brings attention to listeners activism, describing an incident at Spelman College where the rapper Nelly canceled a philanthropic visit to avoid a discussion with feminist students about sexist images in his rap videos and lyrics full disclosure I was among the protest organizers.Helpfully, Rose includes a section on organizations and individuals who are working to create a new face for hip hop and provides resources for readers who want to be part of the solution For those unfamiliar with the hip hop debate, this is an excellent introduction and a way to get your game up MOYA BAILEY is a graduate student in women s studies at Emory University Her research is focused on health care disparities in marginalized groups, and she is also committed to issues of representation in media.

  5. Sheehan Sheehan says:

    Tricia Rose does a great job identifying and explicating the various arguments pro anti hip hop, exposing the unspoken tenets of all the arguments Finally, bringing the whole exposition together for an examination of the commonalities that exist among each side of the fracas, and the latent realities subconsciously at work among these opinions of hip hop.Rose s work is well written, a bit academic for the hip hop audience, but really gets into its paces late in the text when the pro anti arguments have been hashed out and we get to the where we are and might be going issues in the culture.More than anything, I appreciated Rose s repeated attempts to highlight how black culture writ large gets conflated with a music that is popular at least in part by hyper inflated corporate marketing decisions based on profits, and not exclusively by conscious choosing of those who are a part of the culture In describing the structural consolidation of the media industry, the decisions to promote gangster rap and marginalize all other hip hop as conscious , she exposes a lose lose dichotomy that favors the prurient titillating over all other forms labeled difficult slavery throwback or adversarial.Rose is able to show how audiences are re fed historically persistent stereotypes of blacks as indolent, violent, predatory, and sexually promiscuous The recycling of old stereotypes being exacerbated by the majority rap purchasing market of whites who, lacking actual experiences with black folks, come to believe, or at the very least, embrace project the gangster ethos on black culture writ large Rose also acknowledges that the origins of hip hop had many white participants which had to directly interact with black communities collectively to experience the culture which had a mutually reflective effect on it s participants While modern day consumption of rap music by most is done in abstentia via videos, internet, etc from the populations it purports to represent, thereby allowing for a reification of all of the stigmatized expectations of blacks going back to slavery which are promoted in so much popular music.I suppose unless you really care about hip hop, you likely wouldn t bother to read this bookBut, if you have an opinion about hip hop and today s youths, you would be wise to review this text before shooting off you mouth about what rap and rappers are doing to this country and black youthbecause as with everything, it is much complicated than it seems at face value

  6. Ebony Ebony says:

    This is a much needed book and Tricia Rose was absolutely the best person to write it I think it very appropriate that one of the first academic books on hip hop was written by the same woman who now challenges hip hop s negative influences in a very accessible and intelligent and fair way Rose doesn t blame She represents the arguments as they stand and then challenges each side to do better for themselves and for their communities She represents both sides of each debate by historicizing hip hop and its capitalistic influences I recommend the book to those who know a lot and to those who know very little about hip hop Rose s expertise speaks to both subject positions incredibly well The book isn t bogged down by citations and is a great read for students who need an overview of hip hop and its 21st century representations As a hip hop critic, she gives me ammunition for the haters and she holds me accountable for being a defender of hip hop s exploitative practices.

  7. m. m. says:

    Very basic look at both sides of the issues surrounding hip hop, those who respect it, and those who find its substance offensive It was an easy read, but did not hold my interest till the end I actually did not finish Decent read if you want to revisit some of the basic issues surrounding hip hop, and have extra time on your hands Tricia Rose is a very excellent and opinionated speaker, which is what I expected from this book I do feel she help back, and stuck with very obvious observational writing.

  8. Michelle Mccrary Michelle Mccrary says:

    A must read for lovers of hip hop and of humanity Even though it is a little heavy on the academic jargon, the overall clarity of the Rose s exceptional critique of the hip hop wars remains intact.

  9. Natalie Rooney Natalie Rooney says:

    They know that reminding mainstream America about black suffering and its direct relationship to hundreds of years of racialized oppression not least in its present day form is a buzz kill, especially for many white fans Images of black suffering that implicate society don t sell records to those who want a ghetto version of Disneyland This book should be required reading for all fans of hip hop, especially white fans who are hip hop s biggest consumers It explores the deeply commercialized aspect of hip hop since the 90s and how much of the storytelling in hip hop is tied to the desire to sell records, primarily to white consumers who view listening to hip hop as their opportunity to experience and understand black culture without having any idea about the long history behind it In short, this is really fantastic and informative writing from Tricia Rose.

  10. Mika Mika says:

    Out of my comfort zone, non fiction read.

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