The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters

The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters

Tricia Rose


Hip-hop is in problem. For the previous dozen years, the main commercially profitable hip-hop has develop into more and more saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and ’hos. the talk surrounding hip-hop is worthy getting to and analyzing with a serious eye simply because, as pupil and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip-hop has develop into a main potential during which we discuss race within the United States.

In The Hip-Hop Wars, Rose explores the main an important matters underlying the polarized claims on either side of the controversy: Does hip-hop reason violence, or basically mirror a violent ghetto tradition? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors easily anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black tradition in hip-hop undermine black advancement?

A effective exploration of a divisive and significant topic, The Hip-Hop Wars concludes with a choice for the regalvanization of the revolutionary and artistic middle of hip-hop. What Rose demands isn't a sanitized imaginative and prescient of the shape, yet one who extra appropriately displays a miles richer area of tradition, politics, anger, and sure, intercourse, than the present ubiquitous photographs in sound and video at the moment provide.

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