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Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness (Refiguring American Music)
Hip Hop Desis explores the aesthetics and politics of South Asian American (desi) hip hop artists. Nitasha Tamar Sharma argues that through their lives and lyrics, young “hip hop desis” express a global race consciousness that reflects both their sense of connection with Blacks as racialized minorities in the United States and their diasporic sensibility as part of a globa ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Sharma focuses only on those desi hip hoppers who show awareness about race but dismisses the impact of “mainstream desis” (ones who consume Black popular culture) on how the South Asian diaspora perceives race. By essentializing hip hop as a medium for expressing only racial oppression and disregarding other types of hip hop (especially more popular and mainstream types), she ignores many fundamental aspects of hip hop. While it is a good ethnography, the title is misleading--she analyzes only ...more