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Nuthin' but a "G" Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap / Edition 1

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by Eithne Quinn
 

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ISBN-10: 0231124090

ISBN-13: 9780231124096

Pub. Date: 11/10/2004

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the late 1980s, gangsta rap music emerged in urban America, giving voice to—and making money for—a social group widely considered to be in crisis: young, poor, black men. From its local origins, gangsta rap went on to flood the mainstream, generating enormous popularity and profits. Yet the highly charged lyrics, public battles, and hard, fast

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In the late 1980s, gangsta rap music emerged in urban America, giving voice to—and making money for—a social group widely considered to be in crisis: young, poor, black men. From its local origins, gangsta rap went on to flood the mainstream, generating enormous popularity and profits. Yet the highly charged lyrics, public battles, and hard, fast lifestyles that characterize the genre have incited the anger of many public figures and proponents of "family values." Constantly engaging questions of black identity and race relations, poverty and wealth, gangsta rap represents one of the most profound influences on pop culture in the last thirty years.

Focusing on the artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the Geto Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Quinn explores the origins, development, and immense appeal of gangsta rap. Including detailed readings in urban geography, neoconservative politics, subcultural formations, black cultural debates, and music industry conditions, this book explains how and why this music genre emerged. In Nuthin'but a "G" Thang, Quinn argues that gangsta rap both reflected and reinforced the decline in black protest culture and the great rise in individualist and entrepreneurial thinking that took place in the U.S. after the 1970s. Uncovering gangsta rap's deep roots in black working-class expressive culture, she stresses the music's aesthetic pleasures and complexities that have often been ignored in critical accounts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231124096
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/10/2004
Series:
Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1. A Gangsta Parable2. Gangsta's Rap: Black Cultural Studies and the Politics of Representation3. "Alwayz Into Somethin'&thinsp": Gangsta's Emergence in 1980s Los Angeles4. "Straight Outta Compton": Ghetto Discourses and the Geographies of Gangsta5. "The Nigga Ya Love To Hate": Badman Lore and Gangsta Rap6."Who's the Mack?" Rap Performance and Trickster Tales7. "It's a Doggy-Dogg World": The G-Funk Era and the Post-Soul Family8. Tupac Shakur and the Legacies of Gangsta

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