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Reebee Garofalo"The 'Hood Comes First is a tour de force. It is the most valuable addition to the literature on hip hop to come along in recent years."
— Reebee Garofalo, author of Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA
Negotiating academic, corporate, and "street" discourses, Forman assesses the dynamics between race, social space and youth. Race, class and national identification are recast and revised within rap's spatial discourse, concluding with the construction of "the 'hood," a social and geographic symbol that has become central to concepts of hip hop authenticity. Additionally, the book analyzes the processes within the music and culture industries through which hip hop has been amplified and disseminated from the 'hood to international audiences.