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State of the Hip-Hop Union

in Thug Life

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226395845
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226395869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226395869.003.0001
State of the Hip-Hop Union

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The emergence of hip-hop attracted the attention of people outside the urban neighborhoods where it arose, and the recording industry turned hip-hop into big business. Rumors of the hip-hop thug's demise were greatly exaggerated. This book deals with commercially successful rap music, concentrating on black coolness and white cooptation. Its interview sections offer a check for the understanding of coolness and racial politics in commercially successful hip-hop. The book specifically interviews rap music listeners and exposes respondents' conceptions of hip-hop's meaning. It then argues that even commercially successful hip-hop artists present performances which challenge previous theories of coolness, and reconsiders representations of black masculinity. This Introduction provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords: hip-hop; recording industry; thug; rap music; black coolness; white cooptation; racial politics; black masculinity

Chapter.  8352 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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