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Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York (review)

Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York (review) Book Rev Ie Ws Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York. By Joseph G. schloss. New York: oxford University Press, 2009. IsBN-13:978-0-19- 533406-7. softcover. Pp. ix, 176. $19.95. “Hip-hop is a problem” so begins Joseph G. schloss’s second book, Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York. His claim is especially true for hip-hoppers in the academy: intellectuals who love hip-hop’s core values but cannot support the violence, degradation, and sexism meted out daily in lyr- ics, videos, and media; teachers who seek to pass on the positive aspects of the culture but struggle to help students see and hear beyond BeT, MTv , and Clear Channel; scholars who apply rigorous methodology to their study of hip-hop culture but face resistance to their work because hip-hop is not taken seriously (enough). But if hip-hop is a problem in the academy, schloss’s work provides a model foundation for solving the problem. Foundation embodies the best in current ethno- musicological trends. These include (but are not limited to) participant observation, deep and extended e fi ldwork, emphasis on the body and kinesthetic memory, a focus on local practices (in this case, those of New York City b-boys and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York (review)

American Music , Volume 27 (4) – Feb 26, 2010

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University of Illinois Press
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Copyright © 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
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1945-2349

Abstract

Book Rev Ie Ws Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York. By Joseph G. schloss. New York: oxford University Press, 2009. IsBN-13:978-0-19- 533406-7. softcover. Pp. ix, 176. $19.95. “Hip-hop is a problem” so begins Joseph G. schloss’s second book, Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-hop Culture in New York. His claim is especially true for hip-hoppers in the academy: intellectuals who love hip-hop’s core values but cannot support the violence, degradation, and sexism meted out daily in lyr- ics, videos, and media; teachers who seek to pass on the positive aspects of the culture but struggle to help students see and hear beyond BeT, MTv , and Clear Channel; scholars who apply rigorous methodology to their study of hip-hop culture but face resistance to their work because hip-hop is not taken seriously (enough). But if hip-hop is a problem in the academy, schloss’s work provides a model foundation for solving the problem. Foundation embodies the best in current ethno- musicological trends. These include (but are not limited to) participant observation, deep and extended e fi ldwork, emphasis on the body and kinesthetic memory, a focus on local practices (in this case, those of New York City b-boys and

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 26, 2010

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