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Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop

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Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated b-boying and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performe

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Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 30th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jesse
A really interesting and smart ethnography of black and white male thug/gangsta rap listeners. (Jeffries does the guilty bit about how his research doesn't cover everyone near the end, calling for similar productions concerning female, non-American, GLTBQ and younger listeners, to which, sure.) He finds some really interesting things out, including that these listeners divide along racial lines in thinking about who created rap (black listeners see it as related to and speaking about their colle ...more
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