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—Def Jam (US)

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...A New York record company specializing in hip-hop, Def Jam was founded in 1984 by university student Rick Rubin and Rush Artist Management head and tyro (novice) producer Russell Simmons. The first release to feature the Def Jam logo...

Conspiracy is the sincerest form of flattery: Hip hop, aesthetics, and suspicious spiritualities

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

...Beauty and the beat: From social to antisocial contracts It was 1997, and even as a native New Yorker (a native Brooklynite, no less!), I was in the midst of my very first pilgrimage ever to Marcy Projects, also known as the Marcy Houses...

Rapping

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...‘Rapping’ is a term used to denote a vocal presentation in which a rapper uses spoken or semi-spoken declamations, most usually in the form of rhyming couplets. These declamations, rather than any other, more traditional musical elements...

Public Enemy

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...Christopher R. Weingarten provides a thrilling account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record: engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing - even occasionally stomping on vinyl...

Copyright outlaws and hip hop moguls: Intellectual property law and the development of hip hop music

The Organic Globalizer : Hip hop, political development, and movement culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Editors’ note The standard account of hip hop’s history tends to emphasize how the early deejay and rapper innovators challenged existing understandings of music and, in turn, produced a form of music that allowed young, urban, and poor...

Re: Definition

James Braxton Peterson

James Braxton Peterson is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hip-Hop Headphones : A Scholar’s Critical Playlist

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Defining rap In his 1976 book Roots, Alex Haley wrote about his extraordinary journey to excavate the narratives of his African ancestry...

Hip-Hop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Hip-hop can be defined as a mass cultural movement that emerged among black and Latino youth in New York City during the 1970s and has since spread around the world. It is identified by four key elements – breakdancing (a distinctive style...