ISBN-10:
0231124082
ISBN-13:
9780231124089
Pub. Date:
10/01/2004
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Nuthin' But A G Thang

Nuthin' But A G Thang

by Eithne Quinn

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ISBN-13: 9780231124089
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 0.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Eithne Quinn teaches American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her work on rap music, cultural studies, and African American popular culture has appeared in edited books and journals, including the Journal of American Studies and Black Music Research Journal.

Table of Contents

1. A Gangsta Parable
2. Gangsta's Rap: Black Cultural Studies and the Politics of Representation
3. Alwayz Into Somethin': Gangsta's Emergence in 1980s Los Angeles
4. Straight Outta Compton: Ghetto Discourses and the Geographies of Gangsta
5. The Nigga Ya Love To Hate: Badman Lore and Gangsta Rap
6. Who's the Mack? Rap Performance and Trickster Tales
7. It's a Doggy-Dogg World: The G-Funk Era and the Post-Soul Family
8. Tupac Shakur and the Legacies of Gangsta

What People are Saying About This

Barry Shank

This is a profound and important book. Its aim is to explain the development and the popularity of gangsta rap. It accomplishes this aim masterfully, through a complex interdisciplinary argument that brings together deep readings in sociology, political economy, African American social history, folklore, and popular music studies. This book will appeal to readers who want a complex understanding of one of the most important popular cultural forms of our time.

Robin D.G. Kelley

Eithne Quinn has written the richest, most insightful analysis of gansta rap I've ever read. She takes both a long view of the gangsta genre, locating it within a very old expressive culture, and also places it within contemporary commercial culture and flows of global capital. She shows how the historic pimp and rap artist are collapsed in interesting and contradictory ways, for the genre produces a critique of capitalism and white supremacy alongside a celebration of wealth and name-brand consumer items.

S. Craig Watkins

Quinn's book constitutes an original statement on the contradictory currents that continue to pattern popular American culture. Quinn explores the intricacies of black working-class culture, ideology, and agency with great skill and nuance. Above all, Nuthin' But a "G" Thang shows how gansta rap is not simply a pop culture fad but instead embodies profound shifts in American culture and everyday life.

Robin D. G. Kelley

Eithne Quinn has written the richest, most insightful analysis of gansta rap I've ever read. She takes both a long view of the gangsta genre, locating it within a very old expressive culture, and also places it within contemporary commercial culture and flows of global capital. She shows how the historic pimp and rap artist are collapsed in interesting and contradictory ways, for the genre produces a critique of capitalism and white supremacy alongside a celebration of wealth and name-brand consumer items.

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