The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk about When We Talk about Hip Hop--And Why It Matters (Paperback)
What We Talk about When We Talk about Hip Hop--And Why It Matters
Basic Civitas Books, 9780465008971, 308pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2008
In The Hip-Hop Wars, Rose explores the most crucial issues underlying the polarized claims on each side of the debate: Does hip-hop cause violence, or merely reflect a violent ghetto culture? Is hip-hop sexist, or are its detractors simply anti-sex? Does the portrayal of black culture in hip-hop undermine black advancement?
A potent exploration of a divisive and important subject, The Hip-Hop Wars concludes with a call for the regalvanization of the progressive and creative heart of hip-hop. What Rose calls for is not a sanitized vision of the form, but one that more accurately reflects a much richer space of culture, politics, anger, and yes, sex, than the current ubiquitous images in sound and video currently provide.