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Unformatted text preview: 3.30 Eithne Quinn: Nuthin But a “G” Thang- Early relationship with endorsements and commercial aspirations- From “I saw” to “I/we did”- Gangsta rap’s emergence as paralleling important debates in black cultural studies and amongst black activisits o Debate over “positive vs. negative” representations o Essentialism as discussed by Micheal Eric Dyson- NWA explicitly confronting “the burden of representation” placed on black artists in song “Niggaz 4 Life” o i.e. ‘Why do I call myself a nigga?” (32-38)- Primary sources: song lyrics o Evidence from songs.. lyrics- Secondary sources: analysis by writers o Analytical and historical content- Quinn’s argument: gangsta rap is about its own determination- Significance about place (ghetto) in gangsta in rap generally.- East coasts neglect of West coast allowed for distinct sounds to be cultivated.- Distinction between representations of LA’s ghettos in gangsta rap and in mainstream media, such as film Color (73-74)...
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- Spring '11
- Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, N.W.A, NWA