Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

There are many people who have assisted me in writing this book. There were times when I had just had enough and those individuals offered support, encouragement, and feedback. I would like to thank my editor, Eric Zinner, Emily Park, as well as the production and marketing team at NYU Press. ...

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Prologue: Sex, Power, and Punanny

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pp. ix-xviii

In mid-December 1992, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic dropped. Snoop Dogg with his southern drawl reminded me of home—St. Louis—before names like Nellyville and The Lou caught on. St. Louis has a markedly southern-derived black culture thanks to the black migration from the rural South to cities up north ...

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Introduction: Pimpin Ain't Easy, But Somebody's Got to Do It

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pp. 1-22

When hip hop impresario Russell Simmons appeared at Hamilton College for an evening lecture on “Hip Hop, Culture, and Politics” in April 2004, no one could have anticipated the fallout. Simmons, considered a veritable maverick in the hip hop industry, cofounded with Rick Rubin the highly successful ...

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“ I See the Same Ho”: Video Vixens, Beauty Culture, and Diasporic Sex Tourism

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pp. 23-52

When Michelle “Micki” Burks decided to take on the role of eye candy in the now-defunct rap-reggae group Ruff Neck Sound System’s music videos “Stick by Me” and “Luv Bump,” little did she know that her decision would land her years later in the category of “video ho.” Her performances in the music videos ...

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Too Hot To Be Bothered: Black Women and Sexual Abuse

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pp. 53-84

"Have you seen the tape?” a rather smart female student inquired of the R. Kelly tape. “That was him! And that was obviously a very young girl. She had to ask him for sexual directives!” But no sooner than I had proceeded to lecture about interstate trafficking of child pornography ...

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“ I’m a Hustla, Baby”: Groupie Love and the Hip Hop Star

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pp. 85-114

Every generation of artists has its followers and fans. However, groupies are a world apart. And with the increasing popularity of hip hop and the coarsening of mainstream taste manifested by the public’s tolerance for sexist obscenity and misogynist pornography on wax marketed as entertainment, ...

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Strip Tails: Booty Clappin', P-poppin', Shake Dancing

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pp. 115-148

Magic City is a place that effortlessly marries sexual fantasy and one-stop shopping for hip hop record deals and video vixens. It is the hot spot where aspiring rappers attempt to toss their latest studio products into the hands of the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Executive Vice President of Urban Music at Virgin, ...

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Coda: or a Few Last Words on Hip Hop and Feminism

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pp. 149-156

This book has now come full circle. Where we began with a discussion of hip hop and feminism, it seems only appropriate to conclude where we began, namely by revisiting these polemics surrounding feminism— where it intersects and faces off with hip hop and how young black women dicker with them both. ...

Notes

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pp. 157-166

Index and About the Author

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pp. 167-187