Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop
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...more
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One star off because it is a relatively academic text. This shouldn't be discouraging, it is really quite well written and readable.