Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player

Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player

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This collection of essays critically engages with factors relating to black urban life and cultural representation in the post-civil rights era, using Ice-T and his myriad roles as musician, actor, writer, celebrity, and industrialist as a vehicle through which to interpret and understand the African American experience. Over the past three decades, African Americans have faced a number of new challenges brought about by changes in the political, economic and social structure of America. Furthermore, this vastly changed social landscape has produced a number of resonant pop-cultural trends that have proved to be both innovative and admired on the one hand, and contentious and divisive on the other. Ice-Ta€™s iconic and multifarious career maps these shifts. This is the first book that, taken as a whole, looks at a black cultural icon's manipulation of (or manipulation by?) so many different forms simultaneously. The result is a fascinating series of tensions arising from Ice-Ta€™s ability to inhabit conflicting pop-cultural roles including: a€™hardcorea€™ gangsta rapper and dedicated philanthropist; author of controversial song Cop Killer and network television cop; self-proclaimed a€˜pimpa€™ and reality television house husband. As the essays in this collection detail, Ice-Ta€™s chameleonic public image consistently tests the accepted parameters of black cultural production, and in doing so illuminates the contradictions of a society erroneously dubbed a€˜post-raciala€™.... a€œdrama, a€ leaving the viewer to question how much they should invest in each genre. these formal and generic ambiguities also ... home to various reality texts exhibiting a€œstraightforwarda€ entertainment including Dog the Bounty Hunter and Storage Wars. ... Perhaps this accounts for 213 THe PeaCeMakING PRoduCeR oF la.

Title:Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player
Author:Dr Josephine Metcalf, Dr Will Turner
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2014-06-28


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