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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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Social Class and the Rise of the Rap Hustler

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Chicago Hustle and Flow

Geoff Harkness

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the significance of race in understanding rap music by comparing the performances of African-American Philip Morris and K-Pro, who is of Latin American descent, during a rapping battle at a club in Chicago. It examines studies that associated rap music with blackness and the urban African American experience, linking the rap genre to black history and culture. For author William Wimsatt, rap music is a black response to white America’s economic and psychological terrorism against black people, while Africana studies scholar Tricia Rose believed that rap music articulates the pleasures and problems of black urban life in contemporary America.

Keywords:   rap music, Philip Morris, K-Pro, Chicago, black history, William Wimsatt, white America, Tricia Rose, black urban life

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