Rap and Hip Hop Culture

Rap and Hip Hop Culture
TitleRap and Hip Hop Culture
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorOrejuela, Fernando
Number of Pages254
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York, NY
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number0199987734
Keywordshiphop culture, introduction to rap/hiphop, music criticism, rap history
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Rap and Hip Hop Culture traces the ideological, social, historical, and cultural influences on a musical genre that first came to prominence in the mid-1970s in one of New York's toughest neighborhoods, the South Bronx. Orejuela describes how the arts of DJing, MCing, breakin' [b-boying], and graffiti developed as a way for this community's struggle to find its own voice. He addresses rap's early successes on the pop charts; its spread to mainstream culture; the growth of "gangsta rap" and mainstream society's reaction to it; and the commercial success of rap music from the '90s through today. Throughout, this enlightening text highlights key performers, producers, and voices in the rap and hip hop movements, using their stories to illuminate the underlying issues of racism, poverty, prejudice, and artistic freedom that are part of rap and hip hop's ongoing legacy.