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Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America

Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America

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Edited by Ajay Nair, Edited by Murali Balaji, Contributions by Utkarsh Ambudkar, Contributions by Vijay Prashad, Contributions by DJ Rekha, Contributions by Deepti Hajela, Contributions by Sunaina Maira, Contributions by Chee Malabar, Contributions by Raeshem Chopra Nijhon, Contributions by Swapnil Shah

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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Paperback | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739127225
  • ISBN 13: 9780739127223
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

Desi Rap is a collection of essays from South Asian American activists, academics, and hip-hop artists that explores four main ideas: hip-hop as a means of expression of racial identity, class status, gender, sexuality, racism, and culture; the appropriation of Black racial identity by South Asian American consumers of hip-hop; the furthering of the discourse on race and ethnic identity in the United States through hip-hop; and the exploration of South Asian Americans' use of hip-hop as a form of social protest. Ultimately, this volume is about broadening our horizons through hip-hop and embracing the South Asian American community's polycultural legacy and future.

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Author information

Ajay Nair is Associate Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Murali Balaji is a lecturer and doctoral fellow at the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University.

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Finally, a book that speaks to the full complexity of immigrant and Asian American lives through the Desi youth who are taking on the 'isms' and creating American culture through hip-hop solidarity. A must-read story about the future of America that is here today. -- Helen Zia, author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People South Asian Americans have created a unique, remix identity and culture at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation as revealed in Desi Rap, a collection of smart, engaging essays by some of the finest scholars and artists of the genre. Moreover, South Asian American hip-hop culture, the authors show, was conceived in resistance to oppression and mobilized a brown liberation movement. -- Gary Y. Okihiro

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I Chapter 3 Chapter 1. My Hip Hop Life Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Polyvalent Voices: Ethnic and Racialized Desi Hip Hop Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Hip Hop Agitprop Chapter 6 Chapter 4. B-Boys and Bass Girls: Sex, Style, and Mobility in Indian American Youth Culture Chapter 7 Chapter 5. How Hip Hop Helped an Indian Girl Find Her Way Home Chapter 8 Chapter 6. Making Brown Like Dat: South Asians and Hip-Hop Chapter 9 Chapter 7. Outcaste Part 10 Part II Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Spoken Word Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The Disjointed Artist Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Beats, Rhythm, Life Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Sounds from a Town I Love Chapter 15 Chapter 12. Words from the Battlefront Chapter 16 Chapter 13. An Ear to the Streets and a Vibe in the Basement Chapter 17 Afterword