Tag Archives: hip hop

“The Chronic” turns 20

On December 15, 1992, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album “The Chronic.” Dre was already a well-known figure in rap and hip-hop from his days as part of the LA group N.W.A. The success of his 1992 solo endeavor … Continue reading

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Rappers, ‘Bling,’ and the Economy

From today’s Wall Street Journal comes this story of the recession/depression and its reflection in the everyday world of rap music. In “Culture of Bling Clangs to Earth as the Recession Melts Rappers’ Ice” reporter Migue Bustillo tells us: The … Continue reading

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Gwenny Paltrow’s advice to Joaquin Phoenix

Ethics compels me to disclose I subscribe to Gwenyth Paltrow’s weekly email newsletter, GOOP.  Why you may ask?  Why does a gen-X, Chicano Studies professor subscribe to a newsletter filled with uninterrogated, class-based advice from the NY-London elite?  Well, if … Continue reading

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100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs

According to reports, VH1 has finished compiling their list of the “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” has come out on top. Number 2 is the song many call the “first rap song,” the legendary … Continue reading

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