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2nd ed is what I have, it is a critical reader which applies many different hermeneutics to the nature of hip hop Benefits to me have included the global perspectives discussed esp Latino and Arabic hip hop movements , as well as a number of discussions of authenticity in light of these global appropriations This is extrapolated into the development of hip hop, conversations of the n word, and one of my favorite articles on the diasporic nature of hip hop identity. @Download Book Î That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader é That S The Joint The Hip Hop Studies Reader Brings Together The Best Known And Most Influential Writings On Rap And Hip Hop From Its Beginnings To Today Spanning NearlyYears Of Scholarship, Criticism, And Journalism, This Unprecedented Anthology Showcases The Evolution And Continuing Influence Of One Of The Most Creative And Contested Elements Of Global Popular Culture Since Its Advent In The Late S That S The Joint Presents The Most Important Hip Hop Scholarship In One Comprehensive Volume, Addressing Hip Hop As Both A Musical And A Cultural Practice Think Of It As Hip Hop Actually, I haven t read the whole thing but I used this book for a Hip Hop as political expression class this quarter As for what I read, some are pretty interesting and decent to understand Other articles are heavy with critical theory Did not agree with all viewpoints, but it s always good to listen to different ones All said, it s pretty good in my opinion and did get me interested on how music can be used for political expression, that I have decided to look for other books in the subject. Some essays were good, but for the most part, this anthology was pretty tedious. HEFTY over 700 pages but, my god, necessary bloody fantastic there isn t an essay in here that doesn t cover whatever you d wanna know in relation to hip hop culture or rap music And they put in some greats too Tricia, Imani, Joan, to name but a few uhh amazing dated waaaay dated too many articles from people who don t really seem to like hip hop, but want to insist on its importance.
Can t say I ve read the whole thing It s about as boring as it is interesting, but it s got some decent stuff in it and could be useful to a lot of projects or whatever. That s The Joint The Hip Hop Studies Reader edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, proves to be an outstanding and informative collection of critical hip hop essays Forman and Neal do an excellent job of contextualizing each essay as it pertains to certain sections within the book The anthology is broken up into seven different parts, each focusing on some aspect of hip hop that prompts readers to think critically about hip hop as music and culture Forman and Neal s focus on hip hop and hyper masculinity within the anthology illuminates different perspectives on how hyper masculinity fits quite comfortably into the world of hip hop Adreana Clay s essay titled I Used to Be Scared of the Dick Queer Women of Color and Hip Hop Masculinity , gives insight into how hyper masculinity in hip hop lyrics and music videos by male rappers, translates into the community of queer women If you re wondering how some queer women express themselves in the often sexist homophobic and hyper masculine genre of hip hop , Clay s essay will not only answer the question but challenge one s view on how negative hyper masculinity can be in the queer community Raquel Z Rivera s article Butta Pecan Mamis addresses the ways that the issues of language, skin color, and region complicate gender and masculinity discussions for Puerto Rican artists and audiences Rivera argues that Puerto Rican women exist as a tropical exotic other in comparison to black women in hip hop but also notes that their visibility and idolization as sex symbols is accompanied by profound silence on the part of the women they act as objects Butta Pecan Mamis analyzes the popularization of lighter skinned but not white women as sex objects in rap s highly visual music video culture, as well as the ways in which this relates to the masculinity of the black rappers who idolize these women The article does not, however, address the issue of a Puerto Rican response to this idolization or objectification Although it does note the lack of Puerto Rican women rappers, it does not note any kind of response by the larger Puerto Rican community or Puerto Rican male rappers Cover Your Eyes as I Describe a Scene so Violent is a truly enlightening conversation between Michael Dyson and Byron Hurt about the relationship between black masculinity and violence within hip hop Dyson begins the conversation as he elucidates the reasons for hip hops use of imagery depicting so much gun violence within the ghettos Violence is a cultural form of self expression, by which stems from the viewpoint of the agents as well as the victims This self expression becomes a rough outline highlighting poverty and the oppressive standard of living that always seems out of reach to certain populations of people Given scraps to fight over, living becomes survival of the fittest and the gun is the upper hand over the competitors It becomes the link to manhood, the outlet for aggression, the sole means for security, and the symbol for masculinity 359 What makes his explanation so remarkable is his ability to then pull the audience out of this seemingly programmed bias against hip hop violence and readjust our understanding of how hyper masculinity and violence exist all around us Hyper masculinity is less of a general representation of hip hop andso a reflection of a broader American trait Dyson reminds us that it is celebrated and rewarded in everything from video games, sports, Hollywood, politics, and war, but it is only deemed violent in few circumstances such as in hip hop He further explains that violent masculinity is at the heart of American identity while hip hop is just a product of this environment 360 It is a very intriguing concept that he brings up, calling this phenomenon the social construction of masculinity He states that everyone is a part of this social construction but no one realizes that their actions are, to a large extent, controlled by these socially constructed ideas of what it means to be masculine and in effect, their actions also reinforce those working characteristics 364 This idea is particularly evident in the way society accepts violence in the form of hyper masculinity The sports with the most physical contact often gain the most popularity, while the military is consistently rewarded for aggressive and even ruthless behavior for which is codenamed patriotism With hip hop, hyper masculinity increases marketability For all these occurrences Dyson makes a compelling point that hyper masculinity is not a trait that people are born with, suggesting that this attribute is instead a learned behavior and is shaped by the social and political influences of our society Finally, Hip hop has long been a breeding ground for reckless hyper masculinity, as followers of the culture have, for the most part, regarded artists who maintain an image as hard as a purer manifestation of the culture Marc Lamont Hill s essay Scared Straight Hip Hop, Outing, and the Pedagogy of Queerness, uses this identity of hyper masculinity in order to discuss the relationship between heterosexuality and homosexuality in hip hop culture Hip hop, like many other popular forms of music, is predicated upon hyper masculinity, misogyny and compulsory heterosexuality Because of this predication, the outing rud or perceived of a rapper serves as a professional death sentence The fractured masculinity attributed to a homosexual orientation leads to a decline in legitimacy of the individual within the hip hop culture The emergence of the homothug reflects, in Hill s opinion, a reconciliation with the hypermasculine accouterments of mainstream hip hop and sexual identification, which exists because of the overarching racial link to hip hop culture While Hill s argument reflects many pressing issues that continue to dominate mainstream culture, such as the process of outing or the doubting of sexual orientation, Hill does not judge the sources from which much of this discussion stems from For instance, he uses shock jocks such as Wendy Williams and DJ Star as legitimate sources rather than understanding their participation in this discussion exists only to heighten their own publicity Moreover, artists such as Dr Dre and Diddy continue to have illustrious careers despite questions of their sexuality While artists continue to utilize faggot as a negative term, there is some debate over the connotation of the word as directly linked to being gay or rather as a description of weakness The question remains is there a difference Many in the hip hop community accept homosexuals as individuals, yet continue to use words that degrade homosexual lifestyles Only until we see the emergence of an openly homosexual rapper, and the reaction of the wider community will we actually be able to reflect on this question That s The Joint provides readers with in depth essays, articles, and discussions regarding hip hop and its impact on our society today It will challenge and inform readers of the different aspects of hip hop, as well as provide a good foundation for what hip hop is That s The Joint proves to be good read for all the hip hop heads out there. So, I had to buy this book for my Anthropology of Hiphop class I know, I know I only took the class because I needed another 2000 level Anthro class and this was all that was available Not that it was a horrible class, or even a horrible book, it was justThis book was just tedious It s nearly 800 pages of long tedious essays about the history, politics, and social issues surrounding Hiphop The information itself is very interesting but I just hated trudging through all these essays They ALL could have each been about ten pages shorter orand I would have had a better time of it If you want people to be aware of Hiphop and its issues, I would recommend making it easier to read to a wider audience Just my opinion.Tedious That s my word of the day I read about 15 essays in this book and decided I was done This class had two other books assigned on top of this one, both of which were much better.Hip Hop Culture in College Students Lives Elements, Embodiment, and Higher EdutainmentandBroken Windows Graffiti NycAnd hey, the Graffiti one had lots of pictures