New PDF release: Desi Rap: South Asian Americans in Hip Hop

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Formerly employed American men of color lost their jobs as a result of factory shut downs and business relocation to international sites with cheaper labor. Their families were also circumscribed by cutbacks in social services that affected after-school programs and limited the areas where city children could play. Hip hop was a direct and explicit result of economic, social, and political forces that disproportionately affected Blacks and Latinos. It emerged as their response to the recession of the Reagan years, increasing policing, the crack epidemic, and the rise of the prison industrial complex.

For an overview, see Claire Jean Kim and Taeku Lee, “Interracial Politics: Asian Americans and Other Communities of Color,” Political Science and Politics 34, no. 3 (September 2001): 631–37. 9. See the March 2007 Asian Week column “Why I Hate Blacks,” by Kenneth Eng. 10. Michael Omi and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1980s (New York: Routledge, 1986). 11. A hip-hop head is another term for a hard-core hip-hop fan who is generally knowledgeable about hip-hop.

Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy) as old school. A fuller and more historicized comprehension of hip-hop helps to identify and clarify why some Desis and other non-Blacks are so drawn to a predominantly Black cultural form. Hip-hop arose from the urban streets of the South Bronx in New York and swept across the United States to other cities also experiencing deindustrialization in the 1970s and 1980s, including Detroit, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland. Formerly employed American men of color lost their jobs as a result of factory shut downs and business relocation to international sites with cheaper labor.

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