The Real Hiphop: Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the LA Underground

The Real Hiphop: Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the LA Underground

by Marcyliena Morgan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822343851

ISBN-13: 9780822343851

Pub. Date: 04/13/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Project Blowed is a legendary hiphop workshop based in Los Angeles. It began in 1994 when a group of youths moved their already renowned open-mic nights from the Good Life, a Crenshaw district health food store, to the KAOS Network, an arts center in Leimert Park. The local freestyle of articulate, rapid-fire, extemporaneous delivery, the juxtaposition of

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Project Blowed is a legendary hiphop workshop based in Los Angeles. It began in 1994 when a group of youths moved their already renowned open-mic nights from the Good Life, a Crenshaw district health food store, to the KAOS Network, an arts center in Leimert Park. The local freestyle of articulate, rapid-fire, extemporaneous delivery, the juxtaposition of meaningful words and sounds, and the way that MCs followed one another without missing a beat, quickly became known throughout the LA underground. Leimert Park has long been a center of African American culture and arts in Los Angeles, and Project Blowed inspired youth throughout the city to consider the neighborhood the epicenter of their own cultural movement. The Real Hiphop is an in-depth account of the language and culture of Project Blowed, based on the seven years Marcyliena Morgan spent observing the workshop and the KAOS Network. Morgan is a leading scholar of hiphop, and throughout the volume her ethnographic analysis of the LA underground opens up into a broader examination of the artistic and cultural value of hiphop.

Morgan intersperses her observations with excerpts from interviews and transcripts of freestyle lyrics. Providing a thorough linguistic interpretation of the music, she teases out the cultural antecedents and ideologies embedded in the language, emphases, and wordplay. She discusses the artistic skills and cultural knowledge MCs must acquire to rock the mic, the socialization of hiphop culture’s core and long-term members, and the persistent focus on skills, competition, and evaluation. She brings attention to adults who provided material and moral support to sustain underground hiphop, identifies the ways that women choose to participate in Project Blowed, and vividly renders the dynamics of the workshop’s famous lyrical battles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343851
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/13/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,427,607
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: I Am Hiphop 1

1. The Hippest Corner in LA 21

2. Welcome to the Underground: Building Hiphop Culture and Language 47

3. Thursday Night at Project Blowed 85

4. (Ph)eminists of the New School: Real Women, Tough Politics, and Female Science 131

5. Politics, Discourse, and Drama: "Respect Due" 161

6. It's Hiphop Nation Time: Enter the KAOS 185

Appendix: Transcription Conventions 195

Notes 197

Glossary 207

References 211

Index 223

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