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Hip-Hop music encompasses an extraordinarily diverse range of approaches to politics. Some rap and Hip-Hop artists engage directly with elections and social justice organizations; others may use their platform to call out discrimination, poverty, sexism, racism, police brutality, and other social ills. In Pulse of the People, Lakeyta M. Bonnette illustrates the ways rap music serves as a vehicle for the expression and advancement of the political thoughts of the urban Black community, a population frequently marginalized within American society and alienated from electoral politics.

Pulse of the People lays a foundation for the study of political rap music and public opinion research and demonstrates ways in which political attitudes asserted in the music have been transformed into direct action and behavior of constituents. Bonnette examines the history of rap music and its relationship to and extension from other cultural and political vehicles within Black America, presenting criteria for identifying the specific subgenre of music that is political rap. She complements the statistics of rap music exposure with lyrical analysis of rap songs that espouse Black Nationalist and Black Feminist attitudes. Touching on a number of critical moments in American racial politics—including the 2008 and 2012 elections and the cases of the Jena 6, Troy Davis, and Trayvon Martin—Pulse of the People makes a compelling case for the influence of rap music in the political arena and greatly expands our understanding of the ways political ideologies and public opinion are formed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction. Watch for the Hook
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 1. Behind the Music: Black Political Attitudes and Rap Music
  2. pp. 6-29
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  1. Chapter 2. Music and Political Resistance: The Cultural Foundation of Black Politics
  2. pp. 30-50
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  1. Chapter 3. It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Rap Music and Black Nationalism
  2. pp. 51-74
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  1. Chapter 4. Beyond the Music: Black Feminism and Rap Music
  2. pp. 75-102
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  1. Chapter 5. The Future of Politics: The Implications of Rap Music and Political Attitudes
  2. pp. 103-139
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  1. Conclusion. It’s Still Bigger Than Hip-Hop: The Future of Rap and Politics
  2. pp. 140-154
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  1. Appendix 1. Political Rap Songs
  2. pp. 155-170
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  1. Appendix 2. HSAN and BPP Demands
  2. pp. 171-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-196
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  1. Discography
  2. pp. 197-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-216
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 217-219
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812291131
Related ISBN
9780812246841
MARC Record
OCLC
904386624
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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