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

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    A great book for understanding the truth in hip-hop.

    I thought that The Hip-Hop Wars really was a great book. So many people have their own take on why the rap music industry is good or bad for individuals and for society for that matter. I have my own view, and my parents also have their views. I enjoyed how the book presented both sides of the argument. After seeing both viewpoints I agree with a couple opposing ones. Even if you don't like the other side of an argument, you should at least respect their view because you might find something you agree with. One thing i learned was that the rap industry is a business just like anything else. A lot of artists create lyrics that will sell. Music is there job and they're just trying to put food on the table for their family just as another person would. Not everyone has to like or listen to their lyrics. If you don't like it you can turn it off just like you would with a television show you if you don't like it. There is no one that is making you listen to it. I don't understand the people that complain about rap, they don't have to like it. I think people should just understand where some rappers come from with their lyrics. They write about how they grew up or how life was for them. It wasn't necessarily the most positive thing in the world. There for the music doesn't have to be positive. I feel like the book presented that well. It clearly described both views and how both views and correct in someways and how they both have flaws as well. Tricia Rose did an excellent job in writing a true demonstration of the hip-hip world.

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