Rap and Hip Hop Culture traces the ideological, social, historical, and cultural influences on a musical genre that first came to prominence within the mid-Nineteen Seventies in considered one of New York&aposs toughest neighborhoods, the South Bronx. Orejuela describes how the humanities of DJing, MCing, breakin&apos [b-boying], and graffiti developed as some way for this community&aposs struggle to search out its own voice. He addresses rap&aposs early successes at the pop charts; its unfold to mainstream culture; the expansion of “gangsta rap” and mainstream society&aposs reaction to it; and the industrial good fortune of rap music from the &apos90s via nowadays. All the way through, this enlightening text highlights key performers, producers, and voices within the rap and hip hop movements, the usage of their tales to remove darkness from the underlying problems with racism, poverty, prejudice, and inventive freedom which are a part of rap and hip hop&aposs ongoing legacy.
* Traces the roots of rap and hip hop culture in African and African American history
* Designed for an introductory course in rap and hip hop for college kids with very little background in music
* Contains 17 detailed listening guides masking key recordings in rap&aposs history
* Addresses the numerous controversies surrounding rap music, together with violence, sexism, and racial stereotyping
* Contains chapter outlines and goals, questions for additional dialogue and take a look at, and key terms