In Da Club
In Da Club
How Social Class Shapes the Performative Context
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.
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