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CTCS 464 November 1, 2007 Class Warfare in hip hop “Rap became a version of Malcolm and Martin” – Nas - could be used to explain what was going on in African American culture, then to American culture at large - in “Belly”, conversation between Nas and DMX, DMX (Tommy Brown), smoking weed, running red lights. Nas questions him on it, and nas says that he is not focused on criminal things. This parallels to The Mack - Which way should we go, gangster route, or bourgeois route - Conflict between middle class and lower class - Lower class individuals embrace violence, thuggery - Represent a hyper-masculine concept of the culture - Embrace of homophobeness, misogyny, etc - Conscious hip hop vs. gangsta hip hop - Late 80s, early 90s, record label Uptown Records, deal with MCA - Uptown records was run by Andre Harrell, good friend of Russell simmons - Hurrell was a rapper himself in the 80’s part of “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr Hyde”, believed his Rap was ‘affirmative action’ rap, talkinga bout middle class, upper middle class aspirations - Lower class rappers came up in the era of crack cocaine - Hurrell Incorporated R &b, soul music to move up to a bourgeois - R&b singers were dressed better, more middle class than lower - Top artist in Uptown, Teddy Riley, became a superproducer produced black street, Pharrell -
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