Analysis of the history and development of American Black rap music. Traces historical influences from Africa, Latin American culture, the Beat Generation, and Black jazz artists and describes the development of rap as a 'new" form of African-American musical expression and social comment in the late 1980s. Discusses the controversies surrounding rap and the threat it poses to the White status quo establishment. 14 pages, 20 footnotes, 14 bibliographic sources.
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