Book Reviews: The Hip Hop Wars – Tricia Rose

Tricia Rose begins, The Hip Hop Wars with the sentence, “HIP HOP IS IN A TERRIBLE CRISIS”…

Rose gives a thirteen chapter analysis on “Hip Hop Critics” and “Hip Hop Defenders.” The opening argument explores the criticism that Hip Hop glorifies violence. Tricia uncovers the inferences born in the mid-1990s by N.W.A, who released a “dedication” to the LA Police Department titled, “*uck the Police.” In contrast a Hip Hop heavy hitter states:

“I honestly feel it’s a lot more important things [to worry about], if you want to fix America, you have to start at George Bush and work your way down– you can’t start at hip hop and work your way up.”

-T.I., in an MTV interview, http://www.MTV.com, April 23, 2007

T.I. and other “Hip Hop Defenders” suggest there are more important things to discuss other than the sexism or violence in some rap music.

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