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06.29.04 01:25 PM

hip-hop sampling book in the academy

beatscover.jpgOn the book radar this week is Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop by Joseph Schloss, visiting professor at Tufts University.

Now I know there are a lot of books out there currently about DJs and DJing and they suck. But I'm willing to give this one a chance. It's released July 26, 2004 on Wesleyan University Press. I especially find this one interesting b/c of this Jon Michael Spencer quote snatched from The Emergency of Black & the Emergence of Rap: A Journal of Theomusicology, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring, 1991.

"The current emergence of rap is a by-product of the emergency of black. This emergency still involves the dilemma of the racial "colorline," but it is complicated by the threat of racial genocide: the obliteration of all-black institutions, the political separation of the black elite from the black working class, and the benign decimation of the "ghetto poor<' who are perceived as nonproductive and therefore dispensable...

Both the rapper and the engaged scholoar seek to provide the black community with a Wisdom [sic] that can serve as the critical ingredient for empowering the black community to propel itself toward existential salvation, that can overcome disempowering, genocide, hell-bent existence."

From the press release for Making Beats it states that the book explores the realtionship between hip-hop and African-American culture, arguing that all producers, regardless of race, make African-American hip-hop, but those who do it well are respected largely without regard to their ethnicity. Schloss comments on the significance of hip-hops multiethnic nature, especially given the charged nature of many multicultural interactions in American society today.

Overall the book looks at the social, artistic, and political issues surrounding the use of digital technology in hip-hop.

yo, that's that blackthoughtware shit! word!

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