11/22/11 HIP-HOP CAPITALISM AND HIP-HOP MOGULS Recalll… …longstanding tensions in African-American culture: to assimilate or to separate from the American system? Manifestations of sepeartion-afrocentrism-political radicalism-nation of islam – like ice cube-nation of Gods and Earth (Five percenters) criminality – like manifestations of assimilation:-political progressivism-use of existent power structures for rise within American culture-entrepreneurialism; capitalism, Assimilation and separation exist in a dialectic. Two things in a dialectic coexist they can be similar yet opposites When is entrepreneurialism tantamount to assimilation? To separation? Clip from The Mack (1973)-hip-hop in the 90s any gangster rap references to this scene-hip hop has been preoccupied with the assimilation/separation dialectic.-it becomes especially pertinent during the 1990’s-for a while hip hop is luring criminality Consider these examples:
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Hip hop music, The Notorious B.I.G., existent power structures, gangster rap references