Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music & Culture)
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Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music & Culture)

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Black Noise From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. Black culture expert Tricia Rose takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, themes and styles of rap and grapples with the debates that surround it. 10 illustrations. Full description
Paperback, 257 pages
Published May 15th 1994 by Wesleyan (first published April 29th 1994)
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Feb 11, 2008 Pete rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: geeks
A pioneering work in the scholarly research of hip hop. I still refer to it constantly, as does just about anyone in the field. One of the finest passages, I think, is her discussion of sampling practices - especially those of Public Enemy - as a postmodern composition device that preferences sounds and ideas to musical notes. It might change the mind of anyone who thinks making hip hop music is simple or mundane.
sarah louise
Uh-mazing. Everyone should have as nuanced and valued an understanding of rhythm and repetition in rap/hip-hop as Tricia Rose. Any given aesthetic taste aside, the cultural value of the music and the expression of continuity and fluidity/change is utterly fascinating, meaning-making.
May 24, 2007 Diana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hip-hop admirerers
Anyone who loves hip hop and wants to more abuot the controversial history- this book is a good start.
Nov 15, 2007 Karie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: white teens in the suburbs
A very engaging book. a must read for any hip hop/ cultural studies junkie (which I am)
Ralowe Ampu
this book was a genuine pleasure. it's a seminal text. i have a disagreeable habit of avoiding these. it was worth it. (it not un-often is. go figure.) she goes through most of all the big issues that people were having in the 1990s: sampling, misogyny, violence, commodification, racism, etc. it's finely written. it's full of all the hopefulness you'd expect opening a new terrain of inquiry, inaugurating critical rap studies and all. sure toop and hebidge were before her, but black studies often...more
For some, the world of hip hop may be difficult to navigate through the various images it portrays, dense lyrical work, and bass thumping beats. Very few individuals have the skills to breakdown the components of hip hop and get to the heart of what makes this musical genre a successful and widely embraced culture. Tricia Rose’s Black Noise is an insightful book that provides an array of in-depth research and commentary on wha...more
Natalie S.
The best book to read if you want to know more about hip hop's history and biggest challenges. The chapters on hip hop as resistance (Prophets of Rage) and hip hop's history of seizing urban spaces (All Aboard the Night Train) were incredibly revealing. The narrative Rose tells is comprehensive, easily understandable, and oftentimes poetic.

The book was, however, published in 1994 and desperately needs a new volume. Then again, I also haven't been exposed to much analysis of 80s/90s hip hop, and...more
Sophie Zali
"...Black culture in contemporary America", en effet ce livre est très afro-centré !
En même temps, c'est annoncé dès le début, on est pas surpris.
Sans cesse décrire le hip-hop et la musique rap comme des produits inhérents à la culture et aux traditions afro-américaines, c'est réducteur à la fin ! Oui on est d'accord, mais PAS QUE !
Situer cette caractéristique, non sans importance, dans le temps ne serait pas de trop... les temps changent. Le hip-hop aussi.
Par ailleurs, on notera que Rose dép...more
Clear, concise, and still relevant. Rose packs a lot into this seminal work.
Lo-zo Avz
An eye opening contextualization of rap music. READ IT!
A very academic book about rap culture in the mid 90s. As a rap fanatic this book held interest for me but the language and ideas are complicated and unless you are interested in hip hop culture this is not for you. Essentially this is a college level text about rap but also African American culture in contemporary America.

Each chapter covers separate ideas so it is possible to dip in and see if this is a book you may be interested in reading.
Honestly I think that this is a good book in the context of the early to mid 1990s. But because it was published in 1994, I felt like it misses so much. I kept wanting explanations or an examination of hip hop culture in the later 1990s at least. I'd be interested to read a subsequent book about the changes over time that brought us to contemporary rap. This book is about to be 20 years old, I'm sure someone has written about all that by now.
This book would be interesting if it would stop trying so hard to be academic. If I have to read another paragraph which dissects the hip hop music of the streets into neat little post-modern segments and ideas I'm going to have to spork someone. Good god, shut up and dance already.
Natasha Robinson
this bok keeps you going about life that we have no idea about and it makes you really wonder what is going on
Malik Gaither
i love how it describes the scene of hip-hop and rap culture. it is very in depth and i just love the book.
Changed the way I look at hip-hop outside of the "Stuff White People Like" sub-genre.
Just haven't been in the mood for the academic...
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She graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in the field of American Studies. She has taught at NYU, University of California at Santa Cruz and is now a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.

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