Hip hop music | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Hip hop music.
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SOURCE: "The Fine Art of Rap," in New Literary History, Vol. 22, No. 3, Summer, 1991, pp. 613-32.

In the following essay, Shusterman praises rap music as a postmodern form of high art that challenges such modernist aesthetic conventions as originality, autonomy, integrity, rationalization, and secularization.

 rapt Poesy,
And arts, though unimagined, yet to be.
—Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

In the view of both the culturally elite and the so-called general public, rap music lurks in the underworld of aesthetic respectability. Though it is today's "fastest growing genre of popular music" [Jon Pareles, New York Times, January 14, 1990], its claim to artistic status has been drowned under a flood of abusive critique. Rap has not only suffered moral and aesthetic condemnations but also organized censorship, blacklists, arrests, and the police-enforced stopping of concerts. Moreover, on a different level of cultural combat, we find attempts to dilute and undermine rap's ethnic and political content...

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