Rap on Gangsta Rap : Who Run It? : Gangsta Rap and Visions of Black Violence

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This book is a critical review of the highly explosive and widely discussed musical art form called gangsta rap. Kitwana examines the ways Black culture, male-female relationships, sexism, white supremacy (racism), and gun violence converge in this controversial music form.

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Overview

This book is a critical review of the highly explosive and widely discussed musical art form called gangsta rap. Kitwana examines the ways Black culture, male-female relationships, sexism, white supremacy (racism), and gun violence converge in this controversial music form.

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"While Kitwana makes clear arguments about what has affected Black youth over the last twenty years, from lock-ups to loitering laws, he doesn't simply enumerate the issues on a continuous loop, he looks toward solutions."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883781753
  • Publisher: Third World Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 1,442,627
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bakari Kitwana is a former executive editor of "The Source, " editorial director at Third World Press, and a music reviewer for NPR's "All Things Considered." He currently freelances for the "Village Voice, Savoy, The Source, " and the "Progressive," and his weekly column, "Do the Knowledge," is published in the "Cleveland Plain Dealer." He is the author of "The Hip Hop Generation." He lives in Westlake, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Who Run It?
Experts and Mass Confusion
Rap in the Black Musical Tradition
Hip Hop Culture, Popular Culture, Black Culture
Impact of Commercialization on Rap's Evolution
Emancipated "niggers and bitches" For Sale
Hardcore Raps and Generation Gaps
The Politics of Rap Lyrics
Community Need, Commercial Desire
Call & Response and Rap Music
Gun Violence and Rap Music
A Victim's Worldview: Gangstas, Players, Pimps, Hustlers
Fragments of Black Political Consciousness
Recommendations
Notes
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