DEFINITION: A predominantly African-American musical style that first gained prominence in the late 1970s. It is characterized by semi-spoken rhymes declaimed over a rhythmic musical backing, drawn from the sampling of pre-existing recordings and the use of DJ mixing techniques. Grove Music Online
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How do you think rap music has influenced culture in the U.S.?
Should hip hop music be censored?
Does hip hop culture make a positive contribution to society?
Does rap music promote violence, gangs and drug use?
Is rap music degrading to women?
Does rap music contribute to anti-Semitism, homophobia and violence against women?
ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
Freedom of Speech
SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES (REF indicates non-circulating reference):
Rap music / Noel Merino, book editor.
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Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, c2008.
Call #: ML3918.R37 R36 2008
Location: Reference - 1st floor
Hip hop matters : politics, pop culture, and the struggle for the soul of a movement / S. Craig Watkins.
by Watkins, S. Craig (Samuel Craig)
Boston : Beacon Press, c2005.
Call #: ML3531 .W38 2005
Location: Main Stacks
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