Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is Associate Professor of Black Studies in the Department of English and Faculty in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at St. John's University.


"Finally (deep heavy sigh of relief, followed by loud cheers of 'yes, yesssss, y'all') we have a book about NYC hip-hop culture that is as queerly heretical as the genre itself. Challenging the cishetero masculinist narratives usually projected onto hip-hop culture, Shanté Paradigm Smalls beautifully and heretically mashes up Black aesthetics, queer aesthetics, and hip hop aesthetics. Hip Hop Heresies is poised to irrevocably change the parameters of hip-hop scholarship."-- "Alexander Ghedi Weheliye, Northwestern University"
"Quite simply a tour de force. Like Tricia Rose's classic Black Noise, this book is a field-defining game-changer. Challenging hip hop's traditional origin story, Smalls tears down, brick-by-brick, the well-worn narratives about the genre's relationship to blackness, masculinity, and heterosexuality. In innovative readings of film, visual art, and music, Smalls takes us into the formative spaces where people of all genders, sexualities and races co-mingle and co-create. In the process, Smalls constructs a new archive in which queer aesthetics, gender play, and categorical instability fuel hip hop's more transgressive tendencies. Highly readable, theoretically sophisticated, and utterly persuasive, Hip Hop Heresies is essential reading for hip hop fans and critics, as well as anyone interested in U.S. popular culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries."-- "Cynthia A. Young, Pennsylvania State University"
"Whether looking at the various sharing and appreciation of other cultural ideals (Afro-Asian, for example) to the direct contributions of particular identities in seminal moments and waypoints within the culture, Hip Hop Heresies is a meaningful and powerful look into a history of Hip Hop that further cement the belief of Hip Hop's universal appeal, power, and influence on the world at large."--Mikal Amin Lee "The Counterbalance"