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Author Smalls, Shanté Paradigm, author.

Title Hip hop heresies : queer aesthetics in New York City / Shanté Paradigm Smalls
Published New York : New York University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (201 pages) : illustrations
Series Postmillennial pop
Postmillennial pop.
Contents Introduction: heretical desire : New York City's queer hip hop aesthetics -- Wild stylin' : Martin Wong's queer visuality in New York City graffiti -- Nigga fu : The last dragon, black masculinity, and Chinese martial arts -- "Casebaskets" : listening for the uncanny in Jean Gray -- Queer hip hop, queer dissonance -- Conclusion: queer trans black aesthetic futures
Summary "Hip Hop Heresies centers New York City as a space where vibrant queer, Black, and hip hop worlds collide and bond in dance clubs, schools, roller rinks, basketball courts, subways, and movie houses. Using this cultural nexus as the stage, Shanté Paradigm Smalls attends to the ways that hip hop cultural production in New York City from the 1970s through the early twenty-first century produced film, visual art, and music that offer queer articulations of race, gender, and sexuality. To illustrate New York City as a place of experimental aesthetic collaboration, Smalls brings four cultural moments to the forefront: the life and work of the gay Chinese American visual and graffiti artist Martin Wong, who brokered the relationship between New York City graffiti artists and gallery and museum spaces; the Brooklyn-based rapper-singer-writer-producer Jean Grae, one of the most prolific and underrated emcees of the last two decades; the iconic 1980s film The Last Dragon, which exemplifies the experimental and queer Black masculinity possible in early formal hip hop culture; and finally queer- and trans-identified hip hop artists and groups like BQE, Deepdickollective, and Hanifah Walidah, and the documentary Pick Up the Mic. Hip Hop Heresies transforms the landscape of hip hop scholarship, Black studies, and queer studies by bringing together these fields through the hermeneutic of aesthetics. Providing a guidepost for future scholarship on queer, trans, and feminist hip hop studies, Hip Hop Heresies takes seriously the work that New York City hip hop cultural production has done and will do, and advocates a form of hip hop that eschews authenticity in favor of performativity, bricolage, and pastiche."-- ProQuest Ebook Central resource page, viewed November 21, 2022
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed November 21, 2022)
Subject Aesthetics, Black.
Gay culture -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Hip-hop -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
African American arts -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop.
Aesthetics, Black
African American arts
Gay culture
Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology.
LGBTQ+ Interest.
New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1479808210