Rap Music and Culture

Rap Music and Culture

by Kate Burns

View All Available Formats & Editions

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

This is a well-organized, thoughtful examination of hip-hop culture in its many permutations. A timely and perceptive definition in the introduction defines hip-hop as an African-American urban youth culture and distinguishes it from rap. Burns explains that the culture originally consisted of four components: "rapping, DJ-ing, breakdancing, and graffiti art," providing a context for the essays that follow. Consisting of writings by scholars, journalists, and researchers, the chapters cover dance, graffiti art, and hip-hop as a social and political movement, as an extension of traditional Afrocentric cultural forms, and as a destructive force that endorses violence against women, gang affiliation, and crime. This text provides a history, a dissection, and a critique of the culture. A fairly extensive list of organizations to contact for additional information is included.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Product Details

Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
Current Controversies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >