Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
|LAPD Chief Chucky Beck and his killa crew|
It asks whether white-identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, white privilege, mimicry, and cultural appropriation?
|This scourge must be stopped! Save our youth!|
|"True Killaz": criminal LAPD cops|
- How do white youth define and express themselves culturally?
- Why would creating an alternative persona be attractive to white suburban youth?
- What does “authenticity” mean in reference to hip-hop, an art form often based on “sampling” music from other performers?
- How does this type of performance affect the communities being emulated?
- How do white performers impact interracial dialogue and the cultural landscape?
- a tense hip-hop battle between white and black students at Indiana University-Bloomington
- a backlash against "wiggers" in a Midwestern white community
- a revealing analysis of how rapper Vanilla Ice (Mr. Rob Van Winkle as exalted by the comic-genius band the Bloodhound Gang) was marketed to mainstream audiences
- performers whose use of racially-charged symbols beg comparison to minstrelsy
- a black-owned New York bus tour that specializes in bringing outsiders into the neighborhoods where hip-hop was first invented -- replete with complimentary "bling."
|I'll kill my kids if they turn into [blankers]!|
|The Godmother of Rock 'n Roll: Sr. Tharpe|
|I'm all masculine all the time. Respect! I got Dr. Dre to vouch for me, boy!|
|Dear White People, please|