Am I Black Enough for You? Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond

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Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self:
The Death of Politics in Rap Music
and Popular Culture
TWO

Rap music is the most visible form of African American cultural expression in contemporary society. With its emergence we have also seen a change in African American popular culture specific to the late 1980s and early 1990s.The recent proliferation of African American film and televisual representation, with rap music serving as a primary means of influence, has led to new definitions of contemporary African American popular culture in both the academic and the public domain. 1

One of the most interesting discussions has involved the thematic resurgence of a politically charged voice that these forms provide a perfect venue for expressing. The rise and eventual fall of this political

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