Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women

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4

STRIP TAILS
Booty Clappin', P-poppin', Shake Dancing

Now pop that coochie you know the procedure
If you want this cash gotta make that ass shake
like a seizure

—LUDACRIS, “P-Poppin,” Chicken-N-Beer

The strippers like my music and they play my
music in a lot of the strip clubs. … They travel
and dance all over and they were taking my mu-
sic and performing in different strip clubs in other
cities. … they had something to do with my mu-
sic getting out there.

—KHIA, Tampa, Florida, rapper1

A stripper's story may end in any number of ways,
but the beginning rarely varies: Young woman
needs money. Young woman casts about wildly,
weighs options, and in some crazy moment, con-
siders stripping. Young woman measures poten-
tial worst-case scenario against potential pot of
cash. Young woman steels nerves and makes leap.

—LILY BURANA, Strip City: A Stripper's
Farewell Journey across America

Magic City is a place that effortlessly marries sexual fantasy and one-stop shopping for hip hop record deals and video vixens. It is the hot spot where aspiring rappers attempt to toss their latest studio

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