The Hip Hop Wars – Tricia Rose
BY: TamonGeorge , @tamongeorge
Author Tricia Rose writes a compelling book illustrating the highs and lows of the 20th centuries most powerful music genre…Hip-Hop. Rose, a professor of Africana studies at Brown University uses her vast knowledge and understanding of true American history to accurately pen the current affairs of Hip Hop.
Rose writes in laymen terms, avoiding academic jargon, all the while allowing the reader to focus on the complexity of this topic instead of the complexity of academic diction. This book is not only easy to understand but is written with the reader in mind. Clear, concise and captivating.
Tricia Rose uses a rather uncommon template is this book, using the first half of the piece to comment solely on the detractors of Hip Hop.
- Ghetto Culture
- American Values
- Hip Hop & Women
Critics of Hip Hop have plenty of ammunition to back up their claims. Tricia Rose sharply analyzes these claims from the perspective of a Hip Hop lover. Understanding its shortfalls but loving it non-the less.
The second half of this book is written from the perspective of the Hip Hop head, from the eyes of those willing to defend Hip Hop as fact. The second half of this book is entirely in defense of Hip Hop.
Why is Hip Hop real? What has it come from? Why does it sell? What responsibility does it have?. All questions addressed by Rose.
This read is one that holds its value in all circles of life. Any person of marginal youth will benefit from the information derived from this book. Not only does it open ones eyes to the high levels of Hip Hop, but also the Sublevels we tend to overlook. Difficult issues… Masculinity, Self Worth, Discrimination, Economies of the music industry.
Read this book, to better appreciate Hip Hop for what it