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Chicago Hustle and FlowGangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class$
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Geoff Harkness

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692286

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.001.0001

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In Da Club

In Da Club

How Social Class Shapes the Performative Context

Chapter:
(p.139) 4 In Da Club
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Chicago Hustle and Flow
Author(s):

Geoff Harkness

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.003.0005

This chapter explains the significance of live performance in hip-hop culture, describing historical shifts from collective, community-based cultural practices to passive, technology-centric activities that take place in private spaces. As hip-hop culture became more popular in the 1980s, rap thrived under corporate rule but became a more self-contained pursuit that is created in recording studios and increasingly consumed in automobiles or through headphones. In rap microscenes, gaining experience as a live performer is a critical stepping-stone in the career trajectory from rookie to professional. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how social class shapes the performative context.

Keywords:   live performance, hip-hop culture, rap, recording studios, rap microscenes, nightclubs, social class, performative context

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