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The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era

Hip-Hop’s Rebels

Authors: Vito, Christopher

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  • Explains the interactions between culture and subculture in the context of mainstream, independent and underground hip-hop
  • Articulates the relationship between independent hip-hop culture and race, class, gender, and oppositional consciousness
  • Methodological framework employing content analysis of artist lyrics and interviews with hip-hop fans
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Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally.  Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideologies of independent artists regarding race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and social change. These analyses inform interviews with members of the indie hip-hop community to explore the meanings that they associate with the culture today, how technological and media changes impact the boundaries between independent and major, and whether and how this shapes their engagement with oppositional consciousness. Ultimately, this book aims to understand the complex and contradictory cultural politics of independent hip-hop in the contemporary age.


About the authors

Christopher S. Vito, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Southwestern College, USA. He has previously published in the International Journal of Cultural StudiesNORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and Korea Journal.

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The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era: Hip Hop’s Rebels is a necessary read for every researcher, historian, scholar and hip-hop fan that seeks to better understand independent hip-hop and aspires to rebel and utilize hip-hop as a tool of resistance.” (DJ Kuttin Kandi, DJ, Artist, Organizer, and Activist)

“Christopher Vito has written an informative and compelling book on independent hip hop that examines how complexities of race, gender, class and sexuality are confronted within the genre.  This book illuminates a subculture that is rarely explored, shining a light on independent hip-hop’s power to counter mainstream ideology.” (Ninochka McTaggart, PhD, Senior Researcher, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, USA)

 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-44

    Vito, Christopher

  • Just Say No to the Majors: Independent Hip-Hop Culture

    Pages 45-69

    Vito, Christopher

  • Just Say No to 360s: Hip-Hop’s Claim of Economic Exploitation

    Pages 71-97

    Vito, Christopher

  • The Death of Indie Hip-Hop?: The Blurry Lines Between the Majors and Independent Hip-Hop

    Pages 99-130

    Vito, Christopher

  • Conclusions and Implications

    Pages 131-143

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-02481-9
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02480-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era
Book Subtitle
Hip-Hop’s Rebels
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02481-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02481-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02480-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 184
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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