Nuthin' but a "G" Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap [NOOK Book]

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Focusing on the artists Ice Cube, Dr Dre, the Geto Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Quinn explores the origins, development, and immense popularity 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.

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Overview


Focusing on the artists Ice Cube, Dr Dre, the Geto Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, Quinn explores the origins, development, and immense popularity 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.

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Library Journal
Since the days of N.W.A. in the late 1980s, gangsta rap has played a critical role in the culture of hip-hop. Quinn (American studies, Univ. of Manchester, U.K.) has written an impressive academic study of gangsta rap's music and culture that traces its roots to antebellum days, through toasting and the legends of the badman and the trickster. Quinn shows that gangsta was a logical progression in the development of urban culture, exploring its meaning in the black community, including its impact on fans, artists, and others involved in creating the music. The biggest flaw is that limited personal insight is given about those behind the music (e.g., Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg). Besides a final chapter on Tupac Shakur, not much is revealed about the lives or motivations of the artists discussed. An interesting, if dry, study of the gangsta culture; recommended for music and cultural studies collections in academic or larger public libraries.-Craig Shufelt, Lane P.L., Oxford, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Popular Music
Quinn's narrative skillfully interweaves cultural trends and economic contextualisation with a thoroughness rarely encountered in studies of popular music.

— Tom Perchard

Journal of American History
This book is a welcomed addition to a growing body of scholarship on hip-hop and a good contribution to the study of race, class, gender, and black cultural production.

— Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar

Popular Music - Tom Perchard

Quinn's narrative skillfully interweaves cultural trends and economic contextualisation with a thoroughness rarely encountered in studies of popular music.

Journal of American History - Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar
This book is a welcomed addition to a growing body of scholarship on hip-hop and a good contribution to the study of race, class, gender, and black cultural production.
Journal of American History - Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar

This book is a welcomed addition to a growing body of scholarship on hip-hop and a good contribution to the study of race, class, gender, and black cultural production.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231518109
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Eithne Quinn teaches American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her work on rap music, cultural studies, and African American popular culture has appeared in edited books and journals, including the Journal of American Studies and Black Music Research Journal.

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Table of Contents

1 A gangsta parable 1
2 Gangsta's rap : black cultural studies and the politics of representation 17
3 Alwayz into somethin' : gangsta's emergence in 1980s Los Angeles 41
4 Straight outta Compton : ghetto discourses and the geographies of gangsta 66
5 The nigga ya love to hate : badman lore and gangsta rap 92
6 Who's the mack? : rap performance and trickster tales 116
7 It's a doggy-dogg world : the g-funk era and the post-soul family 141
8 Tupac Shakur and the legacies of gangsta 173
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    Posted July 25, 2013

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