Listening to Rap: An Introduction enables students to understand the historical context, cultural impact, and unique musical characteristics of rap and hip hop culture. Each chapter explores a key topic in the study of rap music from the 1970s to today, covering themes such as race, gender, commercialization, politics, and authenticity. In tracking the evolution of rap and hip hop, Listening to Rap illustrates its vast cultural significance, offering a clear and accessible introduction to this vital and influential music.

This companion website showcases playlists of the music discussed in the text.


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