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Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America / Edition 1

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A comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of rap music.

Winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation (1995)

From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose, described by the New York Times as a "hip hop theorist," takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of this highly rhythmic, rhymed storytelling and grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it.

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at New York University, Tricia Rose sorts through rap's multiple voices by exploring its underlying urban cultural politics, particularly the influential New York City rap scene, and discusses rap as a unique musical form in which traditional African-based oral traditions fuse with cutting-edge music technologies. Next she takes up rap's racial politics, its sharp criticisms of the police and the government, and the responses of those institutions. Finally, she explores the complex sexual politics of rap, including questions of misogyny, sexual domination, and female rappers' critiques of men.

But these debates do not overshadow rappers' own words and thoughts. Rose also closely examines the lyrics and videos for songs by artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One, Salt N' Pepa, MC Lyte, and L. L. Cool J. and draws on candid interviews with Queen Latifah, music producer Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, dancer Crazy Legs, and others to paint the full range of rap's political and aesthetic spectrum. In the end, Rose observes, rap music remains a vibrant force with its own aesthetic, "a noisy and powerful element of contemporary American popular culture which continues to draw a great deal of attention to itself."

ISBN-13: 9780819562753

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Publication Date: 04-29-1994

Pages: 257

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Series: Music / Culture

TRICIA ROSE is a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of numerous articles on black culture, rap music, and contemporary popular culture.

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"No more loose-headed talk about rap and hip hop! From now on, all discussion starts here with Black Noise, a crucial book about a culture that has also become a new kind of social movement. In her shrewd focus on both the details and the big picture, Rose moves us miles further down the road in our thinking about the politics of popular culture."—Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

"No more loose-headed talk about rap and hip hop! From now on, all discussion starts here with Black Noise, a crucial book about a culture that has also become a new kind of social movement. In her shrewd focus on both the details and the big picture, Rose moves us miles further down the road in our thinking about the politics of popular culture."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Voices from the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural Production
"All Aboard the Night Train": Flow, Layering, and Rupture in Postindustrial New York
Soul Sonic Forces: Technology, Orality, and Black Cultural Practice in Rap Music
Prophets of Rage: Rap Music and the Politics of Black Cultural Expression
Bad Sistahs: Black Women Rappers and Sexual Politics in rap Music
Epilogue
Notes
Background Sources
Bibliography
Index