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Hip Hop II

Nkiru Nzegwu
Binghamton University
Before 2005

Writing course using hip-hop as a frame for the critical analysis of U.S. cultural and social forces. Analyzes such topics as hip-hop and the market economy; the appropriational tactics of the music industry; the relationship between Reaganomics and the growth of hip-hop; the connections among 1980s U.S. foreign policy, immigration and the urban youth culture; rap and misogyny; the logic of the poetic profile of Tupac Shakur; the Smalls-Shakur-Puffy deadly conflict; gangs, hard-core rap and ignorance; the African aesthetic of verbal jousting and the Nas/Jay-Z battles; hip-hop trends as forms of resistance to exploitation; and the impact of globalization on the musical genre.

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