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New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the very beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap mega-stars Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, Puerto Rican participation and contributions to hip hop is frequently downplayed, if not completely ignored. When their presence has been acknowledged, it is usually misinterpreted as a defection from Puerto Rican culture and identity into the African American camp. But, Rivera argues, nothing could be further from the truth. Through hip hop, Puerto Ricans have simply stretched the boundaries of Puerto Ricanness and latinidad.
Introduction • Enter the New York Ricans • Part I: A Historical Narrative • 1970s and Early 1980s: “It’s Just Begun” • The Late 1980s and Early 1990s: Whose Hip Hop? • The Mid to Late 1990s: Ghettocentricity, Blackness and Pan Latinidad • Part II: Topics at the Turban of the Century • Latin@s Get Hot and Ghetto-Tropical • Butta Pecan Mamis • Navigating Blackness and Latinidad Through Language • Remembering Big Pun • Between Blackness and Latinidad: A Historical Overview
Posted April 11, 2003
This book reflects a solid research effort by Raquel, and it serves as a worthy contribution to two fascinating fields: her work stands as a very refreshing study of Puerto Rican cultural evolution in New York City, and at the same time it serves as a vital addition to the existing literature documenting the true and unsensationalized history of hip hop history. This book was a great read; highly engaging, and highly recommended!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2003
This book is a great documentation of Puerto Ricans' involvement in defining the Hip Hop culture. Many people believe that Latinos mimic when in truth there are many pioneers not spoken of because of the media's insistance that Hip Hop is 'black people's music'. Nice job Ms. Rivera!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.