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instructions Answer the questions thoroughly.  You must cite and quote from The Two Books(I Mix What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto Book by Jared Ball) and (The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation: Politics of a New Millennial Mestizaje Book by Pancho McFarland)  in each of your answers.  Be sure to cite properly using a parenthetical citation format (author, date: page number; eg. Hooks, 2008: 147) so I know where to look when grading your essays. Use only the texts from the books.  Additionally, grammar, sentence structure, spelling and logic all count.  DO NOT provide material that does not contribute to your argument.  NO padding of your answers.   Part One Answer should be 4 to 5 pages, typed, double-spaced.  What is hip hop?  What are its defining elements?  What is its politics? What does the music of hip hop sound like?   What is its aesthetics?  How does it feel?  What does it say? Please explain thoroughly and use examples where appropriate.  You should use multiple readings to answer this question. Part Two Answer up to four of the following questions.  Answers should be approximately two pages long.   How was ‘place’ crucial to the origins of hip hop?  How do emcees and others within hip hop use place or refer to place? Give examples. How is ‘street hop’ as described by McFarland different than ‘gangsta rap’ or other subgenres of hip hop?  What are its politics?  How does this compare to politics in corporate rap?  What role does violence play in each sub-genre?  How is street hop’s understanding of violence related to Fanon’s theorizing of the subject? What is the Chican@ indigenous identity in hip hop?  What are some of its characteristics?  What does maiz have to do with it?  How does identity influence political rhetoric in Chican@ indigenous hip hop? How do indigenous emcees within Chican@ hip hop describe masculinity? Describe the importance of polyculturalism to understanding Chican@ hip hop.  What is polyculturalism?  What is mulataje? How does it shape the music, lyrics, identity and other aspects of Chican@ emcees? Take a hip hop song of your choosing and ‘read’ it.  You must cite from the lyrics.  Why is this song hip hop?  What do the lyrics say? How does this song speak to key issues discussed in class? What are some of its important musical elements? Explain how the following quote from iMWiL encapsulates Dr. Ball’s argument about ideology in the book: “The commercial radio playing in the barber shop or beauty salon allows for a colonizing elite to limit, distort, or prohibit various forms of thought and discussion that might otherwise take place.” (68).  Use arguments developed by Ball throughout his book to help answer this question. Explain Kwame Toure’s quote, “Black visibility is not Black power” (11).  Explain why Dr. Ball uses this quote to help make his arguments about hip hop.   How does the ‘ownership structure’ of the media affect what media products, e.g., music, movies, television, newspapers, that we are exposed to? What does that ownership structure look like? How does corporate ownership of hip hop change how it sounds? What role do contracts, copyright, and payola play in this? How does the mixtape represent George Jackson’s idea that ‘the job of the revolutionary in reactionary times is to make space for revolution to occur’?

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