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Week 9 Lecture B materials: Rap, authenticity, commerce and capitalism



Regina N. Bradley (2014) ‘Kanye West’s Sonic [Hip-hop] Cosmopolitanism’ in Julius Bailey (ed), The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, Palgrave

Akilah N. Folami (2007) ‘From Habermas to “Get Rich or Die Tryin”: Hip Hop, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Black Public Sphere’, Michigan Journal of Race and the Law, Vol 12: 235

Jon Caramonica (2013) ‘Behind Kanye’s Mask’, New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/music/kanye-west-talks-about-his-career-and-album-yeezus.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Stephanie Convery (2014) ‘In defence of Iggy Azalea: on racism, naivety and a twisted cluster of exploitation’, The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/03/-sp-in-defence-of-iggy-azalea-on-racism-naivety-and-a-twisted-cluster-of-exploitation

Margaret Hunter (2011) ‘Shake it, Baby, Shake it: Consumption and the New Gender Relation in Hip-Hop’, Sociological Perspectives, Vol  54, No. 1, pp. 15-36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/sop.2011.54.1.15 [alt link]

Andrew Marantz,  (2014) ‘Old School: The d.j. Peter Rosenberg, hip-hop’s reigning purist.’ New Yorkerhttp://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/04/07/old-school-2

Jason Rodriquez (2006) ‘Color-Blind Ideology and the Cultural Appropriation of Hip-Hop’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 2, Vol 35, No 6, p645-668 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891241606286997

You might like… Radiolab presents ‘Straight Outta Chevy Chase’

The Chevy Chase in question is not the film/TV star – no, it refers to the small town in the state of Maryland, where a very special DJ was born. That man is Peter Rosenberg, a DJ for the hip hop radio station Hot 97, New York (‘Where hip hop lives’).

In 2012 he had a very public fall out with a certain Nicki Minaj that called into question the difference between authentic hip hop and commercialised ‘sell out’ hip hop.

The folks at Radiolab covered this incident in some detail. You can stream the show below or download it for later with this link (right click to save)

Here’s the Radiolab show notes:

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question… who’s in and who’s out

Over the past 40 years, hip-hop music has gone from underground phenomenon to global commodity. But as The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz explains, massive commercial success is a tightrope walk for any genre of popular music, and especially one built on authenticity and “realness.”  Hip-hop constantly runs the risk of becoming a watered-down imitation of its former self – just, you know, pop music.

Andrew introduces us to Peter Rosenberg, a guy who takes this doomsday scenario very seriously. Peter is a DJ at Hot 97, New York City’s iconic hip-hop station, and a vocal booster of what he calls “real” hip-hop. But as a Jewish fellow from suburban Maryland, he’s also the first to admit that he’s an unlikely arbiter for what is and what isn’t hip-hop.

With the help of Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and NPR’s Frannie Kelley, we explore the strange ways that hip-hop deals with that age-old question: are you in or are you out?


Week 7 Lecture B materials: The birth of hip hop




Alridge, Derrick P. (2005) ‘From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: Toward a Nexus of Ideas’ in The Journal of African American History, Vol. 90, No. 3, pp. 226-252

Bennett, A (2001) Cultures of Popular Music, Open University Press, Chapter 6

Decker, Jeffrey Louis (1993) ‘The State of Rap: Time and Place in Hip Hop Nationalism’, Social Text, No. 34, pp. 53-84

Demers, Joanna (2003) ‘Sampling the 1970s in hip-hop’, in Popular Music, Vol 22, Iss 1, pp.41-56 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0261143003003039

Dimitriadis, Greg (1996) ‘Hip hop: from live performance to mediated narrative’, Popular Music, Vol 15, Iss 2, pp.179-194 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0261143000008102

George, N. 1993. ‘Hip-Hop’s Founding Fathers Speak the Truth’, The Source, November, pp. 44-5

Hess, Mickey (2005) ‘Metal Faces, Rap Masks: Identity and Resistance in Hip Hop’s Persona Artist’, in Popular Music and Society, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp.297-311

Hess, Mickey (2006) ‘Hip-hop Realness and the White Performer’ in  Critical Studies in Media Communication, Vol 22, No. 5, pp. 372-389, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07393180500342878 

Keyes, C.L (1991) ‘Rappin’ to the beat: rap music as street culture among African Americans’, Doctoral thesis, Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International