“Cars with the Boom”

Justin A. Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 2

Published in print March 2014 | ISBN: 9780199913657
Published online July 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

“Cars with the Boom”

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This chapter examines the relations or intersections between the automobile and popular music. It discusses the history of car audio and describes contemporary car audiophile subcultures. It also investigates the influence of the automobile in the production of popular music, particularly with the hip-hop music production style of Dr. Dre. It explains that Dr. Dre’s G-funk of the 1990s was specifically created for listening in car stereo systems and suggests that his work illustrates how musical materials can be reused and customized for the automotive listening experience.

Keywords: automobile; mobile music; car audio; car audiophile subcultures; hip-hop music; Dr. Dre; G-funk; automotive listening

Article.  16219 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Sound Studies

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