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That's the Joint!

The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition

Edited by Murray Forman, Mark Anthony Neal


776 pages

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This newly expanded and revised second edition of That's the Joint! brings together the most important and up-to-date hip-hop scholarship in one comprehensive volume. Presented thematically, the selections address the history of hip-hop, identity politics of the "hip-hop nation," debates of "street authenticity," social movements and activism, aesthetics, technologies of production, hip-hop as a cultural industry, and much more. Further, this new edition also includes greater coverage of gender, racial diversity in hip-hop, hip-hop’s global influences, and examines hip-hop's role in contemporary politics.

With pedagogical features including author biographies, headnotes summarizing key points of articles, and discussion questions, That's the Joint! is essential reading for anyone seeking deeper understanding of the profound impact of hip-hop as an intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural movement.


"Hip-hop, like all living artistic expression, constantly regenerates, turning innovation into convention, ‘datcourse’ into discourse, vernacularisms into commodity or the precious art object. As this second edition of the groundbreaking That’s the Joint! shows, hip-hop scholarship has done the same: moving, grooving, breaking, and sampling the best ideas from an interdisciplinary community theater of writers whose insights chart a vibrant sector of the American musical landscape."

--Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

"A standard bearer text in Hip Hop Studies. Sweeping in scope and rigorous in analyses."

--T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University

"I'm going use this book when I teach US history to high school students from now on. In the past decade there's been a mania for all the music and fashions of the early 1980's, which none of the aficionados are old enough to remember. It would be wonderful for them to learn where it all originated."

--Ben Wolinsky, Blogger on Olive Branch United

Table of Contents

Introduction Murray Forman I. Hip-Hop Ya Don’t Stop: Hip-Hop History and Historiography 1. The Politics of Graffiti Craig Castleman 2. Zulus on a Time Bomb: Hip-Hop Meets the Rockers Downtown Jeff Chang 3. B-Beats Bombarding Bronx: Mobile DJ Starts Something With Older R&B Disks and Jive Talking NY DJs Rapping Away in Black Discos Robert Ford, Jr. 4. Hip-Hop’s Founding Fathers Speak the Truth Nelson George 5. Physical Graffiti: The History of Hip-Hop Dance Jorge "Fabel" Pabon 6. Hip-Hop Turns 30: Watcha Celebratin’ For? Greg Tate II. No Time For Fake Niggas: Hip-Hop Culture and the Authenticity Debates 7. Puerto Rocks: Rap, Roots, and Amnesia Juan Flores 8. It’s a Family Affair Paul Gilroy 9. On the Question of Nigga Authenticity R.A.T. Judy 10. Arabic Hip-Hop: Claims of Authenticity and Identity of a New Genre Usama Kahf 11. Lookin’ for the Real Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto Robin D.G. Kelley 12. Hip-Hop Chicano: A Separate but Parallel Story Reagan Kelly 13. Authenticity Within Hip-Hop and Other Cultures Threatened With Assimilation Kembrew McLeod 14. Race…and Other Four-Letter Words: Eminem and the Cultural Politics of Authenticity Gilbert Rodman 15. Rapping and Repping Asian: Race, Authenticity and the Asian American Oliver Wang III. Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City: Hip-Hop, Space and Place 16. Black Empires, White Desires: the Spatial Politics of Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop Davarian Baldwin 17. 'Represent': Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music Murray Forman 18. Rap’s Dirty South: From Subculture to Pop Culture Matt Miller 19. Global Black Self-Fashionings: Hip-Hop as Diasporic Space Marcus Perry 20. Hooligans and Heroes: Youth Identity and Hip-Hop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Alex Perullo 21. Native Tongues: A Roundtable on Hip-Hop's Global Indigenous Movement Cristina Verán with Darryl DLT Thompson, Litefoot, Grant Leigh Saunders, Mohammed Yunus Rafiq, and JAAS IV. I’ll be Nina Simone Defecating on Your Microphone: Hip-Hop and Gender 22. I Used to be Scared of the Dick: Queer Women of Color and Hip-Hop Masculinity Andreana Clay 23. Cover Your Eyes as I Describe a Scene so Violent: Violence, Machismo, Sexism, and Homophobia Michael Eric Dyson and Byron Hurt 24. 'The King of the Streets': Hip Hop and the Reclaiming of Masculinity in Jerusalem’s Shu’afat Refugee Camp Ela Greenberg 25. Scared Straight: Hip-Hop, Outing, and the Pedagogy of Queerness Marc Lamont Hill 26. Empowering Self, Making Choices, Creating Spaces: Black Female Identity via Rap Music Performance Cheryl L. Keyes 27. Hip-Hop Feminist Joan Morgan 28. Butta Pecan Mamis Raquel Rivera V. The Message: Rap, Politics and Resistance 29. Intergenerational Culture Wars: Civil Rights vs. Hip Hop Todd Boyd and Yusuf Nuruddin 30. The Challenge of Rap Music from Cultural Movement to Political Power Bakari Kitwana 31. Voyeurism and Resistance in Rap Music Videos Jennifer C. Lena 32. Postindustrial Soul: Black Popular Music at the Crossroads Mark Anthony Neal 33. My Mic Sound Nice: Art, Community and Consciousness Imani Perry 34. Rise Up Hip-Hop Nation: From Deconstructing Racial Politics to Building Positive Solutions Kristine Wright VI. Looking for the Perfect Beat: Hip-Hop, Technology and Rap’s Lyrical Arts 35. Bring It to the Cypher: Hip Hop Nation Language H. Samy Alim 36. Airshafts, Loudspeakers, and the Hip-Hop Sample Andrew Bartlett 37. Hip-Hop: From Live Performance to Mediated Narrative Greg Dimitriadis 38. Dead Prezence: Money and Mortal Themes in Hip-Hop Culture James Peterson 39. Sampling Ethics Joseph Schloss VII. I Used to Love H.E.R.: Hip-Hop in/and the Culture Industries 40. The Rap Career Mickey Hess 41. The Business of Rap: Between the Street and the Executive Suite Keith Negus 42. 'I Don’t Like to Dream About Getting Paid': Representations of Social Mobility and the Emergence of the Hip-Hop Mogul Christopher Holmes Smith 43. Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism S. Craig Watkins 44. An Exploration of Spectacular Consumption: Gangsta Rap as Cultural Commodity Eric K. Watts

About the Editors

Murray Forman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and the forthcoming One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke University Press, 2012). He is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship.

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of four books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003),and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005), all published by Routledge. Neal hosts the weekly webcast, "Left of Black" in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal maintains a blog at NewBlackMan ( You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies