New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zoneby R. Rivera
Freelance journalist Rivera traces the involvement of New York Puerto Ricans in the development of hip-hop in general and English-language rap music in particular in order to examine how identities are negotiated through navigations of constantly redefined categories of "latinidad and blackness." Her historical narrative, covering from the 1970s to the latter half of the 1990s, considers issues of "authenticity" and shifting notions of cultural "entitlement" in rap music, the "tropicalization" of Puerto Ricans in the construction of their entitlements and participation, and language use and word play as tools to navigate through identities. One chapter consists of a case study of the work of deceased rap musician Big Punisher (also known as Big Pun). Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
'...painstaking research and original reporting.' - Publishers Weekly
'Rivera's style, craft, and depth make this pioneering yet thoroughly accessible work a commendable addition...' - Bill Pierarski, Library Journal
'Author Raquel Rivera explains the significance of Nuyorican and Latin influences throughout the history of hip-hop music and culture.' - The Source
'...explains and delineates the cross-fertilization of one of America's most controversial and dynamic music forms...' - Norman Kelley, New York Press
'...Rivera shines a light on the lesser-known but just as vital hip hop artists...New York Ricans.' - Teresa Talerico, Tinta Latina
'...explores the identity dynamics of New York's Puerto Ricans, struggling to find their rightful place...' - Dinorah Nieves, Urban Latino
'...makes a noteworthy statement in the chapters of the Nuyorican Diaspora.' - Aurora Flores, VIVA Magazine / New York Daily News
Author Raquel Rivera explains the significance of Nuyorican and Latin influences throughout the history of hip-hop music and culture.
Meet the Author
Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. A freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vibe, El Diario/La Prensa and El Nuevo Dia, among many other publications. A member of the all-women Puerto Rican/Dominican roots music group, Yaya, Rivera lives in El Barrio, New York City.
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