The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. On any given inner-city day, drug dealers—who commit crimes, make money, and influence street wardrobes—ply their destructive trade within feet of basketball courts where dreams of public glory, mad loot, and innovative, idiosyncratic style are dearly held. I ended the book with some pretty gloomy predictions about the diluting effects of assimilation, but I was able to point to some artists and producers who seemed to be following a different agenda, one more centered around the survival of a black culture. The turning point was the early ’70s. In the post-soul era, shards of the black past exist in the present at odd and often uncomfortable angles to each other. Now black politicians set their sights on controlling City Hall in big cities and small towns. Hip hop is, as we’ll see, the spawn of many things. I’m interested in the nature of rapping as art, both as an extension of African-American maleness and as a showcase for the art of verbal dexterity and storytelling. There are two non-music-driven threads that I think play crucial roles in the story of hip hop, by both affecting and reflecting it: drugs and basketball. Throughout the book, his personal reflections are a part of the story, and while his involvement may make him seem biased, it also lets the reader know that rap is more than just George’s favorite subject matter; it is an important part of his life. Just because you’re in doesn’t mean you fit in. Now ambitious black graduates of white colleges began slipping into corporate America’s awkward, monied embrace. I GOTSOMUCH TROUBLE ON MY MIND    THIS STORY BEGINS AS ANOTHER IS ENDING. The story goes way beyond the A&R offices of the music industry. A gang of “colored” youngsters—ranging from adolescent to college age—gathered in a boxing ring for a blindfolded, no-holds-barred brawl. The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. Some say this is the first generation of black Americans to experience nostalgia. Now we could vote all over these United States. $24.95 Compare prices for this book More book shopping: Save money with NextCard Visa: Chapter One: Post Soul. He has received two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, a Grammy, and two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation for Hip Hop America and Elevating the Game. Magic” sampled to create the backing track on “Candy Rain,” a 1995 techno-R&B hit by a teenage vocal group named Soul for Real, most of whose members weren’t born when “Mr. Or does it play the same role for urban ... Is Gangsta Rap just black noise? You also agree to our Terms of Service. For the first wave of black corporate employees, special markets were often a velvet trap that guaranteed its employees the perks of mainstream American life (suburban living, credit cards, ski weekends) yet kept them segregated from their businesses’ major profit centers and from any real shot at company-wide power. He has written for national magazines, including Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, Spin, Essence, and The Village Voice, and has written and produced several television programs as well as two feature films. No matter where Palin ... America has gone Hamilton crazy. He writes, “Not all rappers who write violent lyrics have lived the words. The pieces in the book, however, inevitably lead back to Smith, so it’s hard to read them and not think about her’ as a writer. Sometimes they are friends, both stars in their local ’hood. It was a different way of telling the story of civil rights and the generation that fought for them on both sides of the color line. With satellites down and power grids out, America was unexpectedly knocked back on its heels. Black people now voted wherever and whenever they wanted and attended integrated schools. But in the ‘90s, with more sophisticated marketing techniques and more complicated motions across old racial boundaries, the payoffs are bigger than Berry Gordy could cash in on. It’s been said that African American culture is the most marketable pathology in the world, but I hope this world is not that simpleminded or one-dimensional. Hip-hop_United States. But they were faced with a new conflict between maintaining loyalty to their generally white employers—protect that job!—and espousing a problack agenda that could endanger their jobs. Once an underground music based on beats and rhymes, in the ’90s hip hop became the most image-driven part of pop music. Anti-Semitism, racism, violence, and sexism are hardly unique to rap stars but are the most sinister aspects of the national character. It’s no wonder that the business magazine Black Enterprise’s July 1974 issue focused on hypertension, noting that six of the nation’s twenty-three million victims were black, making it the number-one health risk for African Americans. The ’70s would spawn the first graduating class of affirmative action babies. Now there is gray in my beard and I write about music not because it still obsesses me but because I can’t escape it. The room spun round me, a swirl of lights, smoke, sweating bodies surrounded by tense white faces.”. But it didn’t come out of nowhere—no spontaneous generation of this deadly virus. They saw Nelson Mandela walk out of jail and Mike Tyson walk in. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of civil rights as a way to open doors of opportunity was working—for some. Ralph Ellison’s description of a battle royal in Invisible Man could be a contemporary rap lyric: “I played one group against the other, slipping in and throwing a punch then stepping out of range while pushing the others into the melee to take the blows blindly aimed at me. quickly - it was well coordinated. It is about the society-altering collision that has taken place during the last two decades between black youth culture and the mass media, about the discovery (and maybe hijacking) of black youths as creators and consumers. Nelson George, one of America’s leading writers on what he calls “post-soul,” examines the national scene in Hip Hop America. The succeeding phase of angry, burn-baby-burn rhetoric was itself receding as heroin’s vicious grip, the mercenary diligence of FBI informants, and a philosophy of benign neglect replaced liberal guilt as the engine of our government’s policy toward the poor. Ironically, the profits from the rock revolution music, and the expanded market it created, made small labels bigger and led to a consolidation of power within the business. We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. Rap (music)_History and criticism. In his knowledgeable, opinionated and often fascinating book "Hip-Hop America," Nelson George, the author of the critically acclaimed book "The Death of Rhythm and Blues," chronicles the evolution of hip-hop, from its inception with artists like Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc through its current state in the wake of the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Publication date 1998 Topics Rap (Music), Hip-hop, Popular culture, Music, Hip-Hop, Geschichte Publisher New York : Viking Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks; china Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive

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