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Thug LifeRace, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop$
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Michael P. Jeffries

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226395845

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226395869.001.0001

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State of the Hip-Hop Union

State of the Hip-Hop Union

(p.1) Introduction State of the Hip-Hop Union
Thug Life
University of Chicago Press

The emergence of hip-hop attracted the attention of people outside the urban neighborhoods where it arose, and the recording industry turned hip-hop into big business. Rumors of the hip-hop thug's demise were greatly exaggerated. This book deals with commercially successful rap music, concentrating on black coolness and white cooptation. Its interview sections offer a check for the understanding of coolness and racial politics in commercially successful hip-hop. The book specifically interviews rap music listeners and exposes respondents' conceptions of hip-hop's meaning. It then argues that even commercially successful hip-hop artists present performances which challenge previous theories of coolness, and reconsiders representations of black masculinity. This Introduction provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords:   hip-hop, recording industry, thug, rap music, black coolness, white cooptation, racial politics, black masculinity

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