Rap Music and Street Consciousness / Edition 1

Rap Music and Street Consciousness / Edition 1

by Cheryl L. Keyes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252072014

ISBN-13: 9780252072017

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

In this first musicological history of rap, Cheryl L. Keyes traces the genre's history from its roots in West African bardic traditions, the Jamaican dancehall tradition, and African American vernacular expressions to its permeation of the cultural mainstream as a major tenet of the hip-hop lifestyle.

Rap music, according to Keyes, is a forum that addresses the

Overview

In this first musicological history of rap, Cheryl L. Keyes traces the genre's history from its roots in West African bardic traditions, the Jamaican dancehall tradition, and African American vernacular expressions to its permeation of the cultural mainstream as a major tenet of the hip-hop lifestyle.

Rap music, according to Keyes, is a forum that addresses the political and economic disfranchisement of black youths and other groups, fosters ethnic pride, and displays cultural values and aesthetics. Blending popular culture with folklore and ethnomusicology, Keyes offers a nuanced portrait of the artists, themes, and varying styles reflective of urban life and street consciousness.

In addition to penetrating discussions of rap's historically central figures, Keyes's vivid and wide-ranging analysis also covers the emergence and personas of female rappers and white rappers, the legal repercussions of advancements such as electronic mixing and digital sampling, the advent of rap music videos, and the existence of various rap subgenres. Also considered are the crossover careers of rap artists in movies and television; rapper-turned-mogul phenomena such as Queen Latifah and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs; the role of rap music as a political platform for AIDS awareness; East Coast versus West Coast tensions; and the unification efforts of the Nation of Islam and the Hip-Hop Nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252072017
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Music in American Life Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
376,083
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxvii
A Note on Terminologyxxv
Introduction1
Part 1The Sociocultural History and Aesthetics of Rap Music
1.The Roots and Stylistic Foundation of the Rap Music Tradition17
2.The Development of the Rap Music Tradition39
3.The Explosion of Rap Music in the Musical Mainstream67
4.Expanding Frontiers: Rap Music, 1990-2000104
5.Street Production: The Aesthetics of Style and Performance in the Rap Music Tradition122
Part 2The Critical Perspectives of Rap Music and the Hip-Hop Nation
6.Issues, Conflicts, and Conspiracies: The Hip-Hop Nation at a Crossroad157
7.Daughters of the Blues: Women, Race, and Class Representation in Rap Music Performance186
8.Visualizing Beats and Rhymes210
Epilogue227
Glossary of Common Rap Music Terms231
Notes235
Selected Discography251
Works Cited259
General Index281
Index of Recordings and Videos297

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