MUS114 – Winter 2021 – Week 9


  1. Cameras, if you can!
  2. Quiz: due this Friday at 11:59PM California time.
  3. P2: Questions, Comments, Concerns?
  4. Check in: How are you doing?


  1. Rose, Tricia (1996)
    1. Pages 425-7. What is Rose’s definition of hip hop at the beginning of her analysis? What are the “primary properties” of hip hop culture? What are the central forms of hip hop?
    2. Pages 427. Why should we study hip hop as a socio-cultural emergence from deindustrialization rather than from a practice of black sub-Saharan Africans?
    3. Pages 428-33. Name a few specific industrial developments in New York City during the 1960s-70s. What sorts of communities did these developments affect? Why is the South Bronx a particular neighborhood for analysis?
  2. Coates, Ta-Nehisi (2003)
    1. This popular media article is about gangsta (“gangster”) rap. What do you know about gangsta rap? What images are in your mind with this music?
    2. “As the music became more popular, it became more of a cartoon—eventually, the only cartoon in town.” What is Coates saying here about popular music and representation? According to Coates, in what ways were Blacks and Whites consuming these representations or “cartoons”? What kind of stereotypes did mediatized gangsta rap create?

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