The Hip Hop Wars Overheads

The Hip Hop Wars Overheads - The Hip Hop Wars Tricia Rose...

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The Hip Hop Wars - Tricia Rose Hip Hop as ‘gravely ill.’ Major Factors: COMMERCIALISM DISTORTED RACIAL/SEXUAL FANTASY OPPRESSION ALIENATION Hip Hop Foundations include: LOVE OF COMMUNITY RESPECT AFFIRMATION RESISTANCE Rose argues that analysis of Hip Hop is ‘distorted’ by BOTH Critics and Supporters. Rose further warns that we should not be short-sighted or trusting of the music industry as it pertains to: *POWER *WEALTH *CAPITALISM
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Power, Wealth, and Capitalism all AFFECT the Imagery of Race , Gender , and Sex . This IS Black Music. (…despite diversity of fans, artists, etc.) MAIN FORCES: - New Technologies and New Music Markets - Massive Corporate Consolidation - Expansion of Illicit Street Economies - America’s Post-Civil Rights Appetite for Racially- Stereotyped Entertainment. - Violence & Sexuality Exploit Misogyny as ‘violent’ cultural product. KEY QUESTIONS : WHY has the black gangsta-pimp-ho trinity been the vehicle for Hip Hop’s greatest sales and highest market status ?
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WHY did substyle based on hustling, crime, sexual domination , and drug dealing become rap’s cultural and economic calling card, and thus the key icon for the Hip Hop generation? Hip Hop’ CRITICS 1. Hip Hop Causes Violence 2. Hip Hop Reflects Black Dysfunctional Ghetto Culture 3. Hip Hop Hurts Black People 4. Hip Hop Is Destroying America’s Values 5. Hip Hop Demeans Women Hip Hop’ DEFENDERS 6. Just Keeping It Real 7. Hip Hop Is Not Responsible for Sexism 8. “There Are Bitches and Hoes” 9. We’re Not Role Models 10. Nobody Talks About the Positive Hip Hop
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1.     Hip Hop Causes Violence Key Criticism: Hip Hop glorifies, encourages, & causes violence . (…based on unsubstantiated belief that listening to violent stories/music, etc, directly encourages violent behavior.) CRITICAL too is the … perception that violence in rap lyrics is affected by larger societal perceptions & stereotypes of African- Americans. The fact that, “[violence] is everywhere” – isn’t the best rebuttal to the charge.
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