The Root Recommends: 'Thug Life'

A book that looks at hip-hop from a different angle.

University of Chicago Press

In Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop, Wellesley professor Michael P. Jeffries delves into the dynamics of race, gender and class in the world of hip-hop and rap. Jeffries investigates the move of hip-hop from local phenomenon on the streets of the Bronx, N.Y., to a global sensation sparking musical innovation the world over. Thug Life examines how this shift influences elements of race and masculinity in rap and hip-hop.  

Jeffries sets up his argument through narratives and interviews, which allow readers to easily connect with Thug Life’s rousing analysis and insight into the abundant ethnic and cultural diversity of rap and hip-hop.

Previous recommendation: 'Beyoncé's 4.'

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