Rap on Rap: Straight-Up Talk on Hiphop Culture

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An anthology of essays, editorials, and criticism--by Anna Quindlen, Nathan McCall, Sister Souljah, Ice-T, and William Safire, among others--provides a provocative study of the diverse forms and meaning of rap music and the culture that spawned it.

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A lively and informative collection of media relating to rap music, Rap on Rap will appeal to readers who enjoy hearty intellectual brawls. Drawing on such diverse sources as Spin, Footwear News, Crossfire, William Safire, Ice Cube and Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the book is a rap-centric examination of African-American culture, censorship, racism, politics and sexism. Editor Sexton (Desperately Seeking Madonna) skillfully initiates the debate by outlining the music's numerous controversies; but, though his introduction establishes the book's themes, the articles take center stage thereafter. Despite Sexton's reservations concerning rap criticism, nearly every selection is well written and thought-provoking. Sexton is clearly a fan of hip-hop, which makes his inclusion of such a range of opinion, from an eloquent political statement by the rapper Paris to the anti-rap sermon delivered from the pulpit of Rev. Butts, truly admirable. The transcripts of television and radio panel discussions included are notable as microcosms of the larger conflicts confronting rap; the "talk" of these talk shows, sometimes inadvertently hilarious, is rapidly replaced by shouting. While it offers no clear solutions to the problems rap poses, Rap on Rap asks the questions well and answers them fairly.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Yo! Here's an intelligent, insightful, and captivating gallery of views on rap music and hip-hop culture. Although other commendable studies of rap exist (most notably Tricia Rose's Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, LJ 5/1/94, and Brian Cross's It's Not About a Salary: Hiphop in Los Angeles from the Watts Prophets to the Freestyle Fellowship, LJ 2/15/94), never before have we been treated to one source with such diverse takes on the subject. This book includes 40 essays by such disparate contributors as William Safire, Ice-T, Mike Royko, Nathan McCall, and 2-Live Crew's Luther Campbell, along with transcripts of Crossfire, Larry King Live, and Jesse Jackson's Both Sides and even a storyboard from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Editor Sexton (Desperately Seeking Madonna, LJ 5/1/93) has assembled these texts into de facto symposia on four aspects of rap: its message (violent? antiwoman?), the censorship question, its musical pedigree, and its place in American civilization. This ambitious book will be uniquely useful to undergraduates preparing argumentative papers, but it surely belongs on the shelves of most public libraries as well. Highly recommended.
Bill Piekarski, Southwestern Coll. Lib., Chula Vista, Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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