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Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class

Geoff Harkness


On September 4, 2012, Joseph Coleman, an eighteen-year-old aspiring gangsta rapper, was gunned down in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Police immediately began investigating the connections between Coleman’s murder and an online war of words and music he was having with another Chicago rapper in a rival gang. This book points out how common this type of incident can be when rap groups form as extensions of gangs. Gangs and rap music, it argues, can be a deadly combination. Set in one of the largest underground music scenes in the nation, this book takes readers into the heart of gangsta ... More

Keywords: Joseph Coleman, gangsta rapper, Englewood, Chicago, gangs, rap groups, rap music, protection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692286
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Harkness, author