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The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Music/Culture) [Paperback]

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Item description for The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Music/Culture) by Murray Forman...

Examines the issues surrounding rap music and hip-hop in a cultural and sociological context.

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The 'Hood Comes First looks at the increasingly specific emphasis on real neighborhoods and streets in rap music and hip hop culture as an urgent response to the cultural and geographical ghettoization of black urban communities. Examining rap music, along with ancillary hip hop media including radio, music videos, rap press and the cinematic 'hood genre, Murray Forman analyzes hip hop culture's varying articulations of the terms "ghetto," "inner-city," and "the 'hood," and how these spaces, both real and imaginary, are used to define individual and collective identity.

Negotiating academic, corporate, and "street" discourses, Forman assesses the dynamics between race, social space and youth. Race, class and national identification are recast and revised within rap's spatial discourse, concluding with the construction of "the 'hood," a social and geographic symbol that has become central to concepts of hip hop authenticity. Additionally, the book analyzes the processes within the music and culture industries through which hip hop has been amplified and disseminated from the 'hood to international audiences.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wesleyan
Pages   387
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2002
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819563978  
ISBN13  9780819563972  

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More About Murray Forman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Forman is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at North-eastern University.

Murray Forman was born in 1959 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Northeastern University, USA.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > General
2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > History & Criticism
3Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Music > Musical Genres > Rap
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

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I gave this book three stars simply because of the "scholarly" maze of words the author shuttles forces you through to make his point. Though the author has brilliant thoughts, I believe that better editing could have produced a work that would have gotten his points across more easily. A wonderful book, but only recommended to those who are used to reading doctoral dissertations.
Crucial issues concerning rap and hip-hop music  Jun 6, 2002
The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, And Place In Rap And Hip-Hop by Murray Forman (Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University) is an exhaustive, college-level study of crucial issues concerning rap and hip-hop music. From regretful commentary on the murders of prominent music figures Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. to an analysis of the evolution of hip-hop to the interaction of place and personal identity, The 'Hood Comes First is a very serious, seminal, and ground breaking look at a unique brand of American music and its social/cultural context.

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