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The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters
by Tricia Rose. Edition Date:: 12/02/2008
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Hip-hop is in crisis. For the past dozen years, the most commercially successful hip-hop has become increasingly saturated with caricatures of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and ’hos. The controversy surrounding hip-hop is worth attending to and examining with a critical eye because, as scholar and cultural critic Tricia Rose argues, hip-hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States.

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