Gangsta

Gangsta

Merchandizing the Rhymes of Violence

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
An insider from the world of Rap explains how Hip-Hop music mutated into the violent verses of Gangsta Rap, provides a portrait of the contemporary rapper, and interviews musicians about the state of Rap today

Blackwell North Amer
In Gangsta, Ronin Ro looks at the perversion of the music called hip-hop - the syncopated verse with a political edge and an emphasis on hope - into a medium of rage and hyper-violence. Gangsta is about selling evil in a marketplace already glutted with faulty, combustible goods. Who supplies and who demands? Can we trace the engineers behind this star-maker machinery? This is packaged, sanctioned violence - a message without a source.
Few rappers opt to stay in the 'hood; many more are lured to abandon it for the music video's version of the 'hood - the cartoon slash-and-burn community, the bloodbath, the vision of unassignable rage, anxiety, and revenge.
Ro is asking, Whose rage is this, and are the predominately black and Hispanic artists involved in a minstrel show gone out of control? Are we giving society what it wants or are we telling it what it wants?
What is clear is that society is getting what it does not need. What is most disturbing is that the music that carries the message was conceived to galvanize communities. As in the fifties, when television was supposed to function as a great teaching tool, hip-hop promised to promote pride and hope. Now it has morphed into cruelty, selfishness, the fracturing of communities and all this to the thwack, thwack of the plastic charge card. You can't trace who wants what, who believes what, who needs what. This book is saying: Repent for your sins.

Baker
& Taylor

An insider from the world of Rap explains how Hip-Hop music mutated into the violent verses of Gangsta Rap, provides a portrait of the contemporary rapper, and interviews musicians about the state of Rap today.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312143442
0312143443
Branch Call Number: 784.54 RO
Characteristics: 194 p. ; 22 cm.

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