That's the Joint! The Hip-hop Studies Reader / Edition 1

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That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader brings together the best-known and most influential writings on rap and hip-hop from its beginnings to today. Spanning nearly 25 years of scholarship, criticism, and journalism, this unprecedented anthology showcases the evolution and continuing influence of one of the most creative and contested elements of global popular culture since its advent in the late 1970s.

That's the Joint presents the most important hip-hop scholarship in one comprehensive volume, addressing hip-hop as both a musical and a cultural practice. Think of it as "Hip-Hop 101."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415969192
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Murray Forman is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is author of The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Hip-Hop.

Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of What the Music Said, Soul Babies, and Songs in the Key of Black Life, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, MURRAY FORMAN

Part I: Hip-Hop Ya Don't Stop: Hip-Hop History and Historiography
Part Introduction, MURRAY FORMAN

1. Breaking, SALLY BANES

2. The Politics of Graffiti, CRAIG CASTLEMAN

3. Breaking and the New York City Breakers, MICHAEL HOLMAN

4. Jive Talking N.Y. DJs Rapping Away in Black Discos, ROBERT FORD, JR.

5. B-Beats Bombarding Bronx, ROBERT FORD, JR.

6. Hip-Hop's Founding Fathers Speak the Truth, NELSON GEORGE

Part II: No Time for Fake Niggas: Hip-Hop Culture and the Authenticity Debates
Part Introduction, MARK ANTHONY NEAL

7. The Culture of Hip-Hop, MICHAEL ERIC DYSON

8. Puerto Rocks: Rap, Roots, and Amnesia, JUAN FLORES

9. It's a Family Affair, PAUL GILROY

10. Hip-Hop Chicano: A Separate but Parallel Story, RAEGAN KELLY

11. On the Question of Nigga Authenticity, R.A.T. JUDY

12. Looking for the "Real" Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto, ROBIN D.G. KELLEY

13. About a Salary or Reality?-Rap's Recurrent Conflict, ALAN LIGHT

14. The Rap on Rap: The "Black Music" that Isn't Either, DAVID SAMUELS

Part III: Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City: Hip-Hop, Space, and Place
Part Introduction, MURRAY FORMAN

15. Black Empires,White Desires: The Spatial Politics of Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop, DAVARIAN L. BALDWIN

16. Hip-Hop am Main, Rappin' on the Tyne, ANDY BENNETT

17. "Represent": Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music, MURRAY FORMAN

18. Rap and Hip-Hop: The New York Connection, DICK HEBDIGE

19. Uptown Throwdown, DAVID TOOP

Part IV: I'll Be Nina Simone Defecating on Your Microphone: Hip-Hop and Gender
Part Introduction, MARK ANTHONY NEAL

20. Translating Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop: The Musical Vernacular of Black Girls' Play, KYRA D. GAUNT

21. Empowering Self, Making Choices, Creating Spaces: Black Female Identity via Rap Music Performance, CHERYL L. KEYES

22. Hip-Hop Feminist, JOAN MORGAN

23. Seeds and Legacies: Tapping the Potential in Hip-Hop, GWENDOLYN D. POUGH

24. Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile, TRICIA ROSE

Part V: The Message: Rap, Politics, and Resistance
Part Introduction, MARK ANTHONY NEAL

25. Organizing the Hip-Hop Generation, ANGELA ARDS

26. Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self: The Death of Politics in Rap Music and Popular Culture,TODD BOYD

27. The Challenge of Rap Music from Cultural Movement to Political Power, BAKARI KITWANA

28. Rap, Race, and Politics, CLARENCE LUSANE

29. Postindustrial Soul: Black Popular Music at the Crossroads, MARK ANTHONY NEAL

Part VI :Looking for the Perfect Beat: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Technologies of Production
Part Introduction: MURRAY FORMAN

30. Airshafts, Loudspeakers, and the Hip Hop Sample: Contexts and African American Musical Aesthetics, ANDREW BARTLETT

31. Public Enemy Confrontation, MARK DERY

32. Hip-Hop: From Live Performance to Mediated Narrative, GREG DIMITRIADIS

33. Sample This, NELSON GEORGE

34. "This Is a Sampling Sport": Digital Sampling, Rap Music, and the Law in Cultural Production,THOMAS G. SCHUMACHER

35. Challenging Conventions in the Fine Art of Rap, RICHARD SHUSTERMAN

36. Hip-Hop and Black Noise: Raising Hell, RICKEY VINCENT

Part VII: I Used to Love H.E.R.: Hip-Hop in/and the Culture Industries
Part Introduction: MARK ANTHONY NEAL

37. Commercialization of the Rap Music Youth Subculture, M. ELIZABETH BLAIR

38. Dance in Hip-Hop Culture, KATRINA HAZZARD-DONALD

39. Wendy Day, Advocate for Rappers, NORMAN KELLEY

40. The Business of Rap: Between the Street and the Executive Suite, KEITH NEGUS

41. Contracting Rap: An Interview with Carmen Ashhurst-Watson, TRICIA ROSE

42. Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism, S. CRAIG WATKINS

43. Homies in The 'Hood: Rap's Commodification of Insubordination, TED SWEDENBURG

44. An Exploration of Spectacular Consumption: Gangsta Rap as Cultural Commodity,

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