Review | 24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan’s Social Margins

24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan’s Social Margins. By Andrew B. Armstrong. New York: Berghahn Books, 2019. 193pp. ISBN: 9781789202670

Reviewed by Anthony Bak Buccitelli





Research as Sites of Memory: Musings on N.E.R.D. and Tyler, the Creator

What is a false memory? A sonic one at that? Is it when a person remembers things, events, places, feelings, thoughts and spaces that were untrue? I remember events that I never experienced before. Toni Morrison did too, and look at the worlds she invited her readers into. She explains her writing process stating, “My route is the reverse: the image comes first and tells me what the ‘memory’ is about” (114).

Review | Rhymin' and Stealin': Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop by Justin A. Williams

Rhymin’ and Stealin’: Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop.  By Justin A. Williams.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.  [viii, 256 p. ISBN 978-0-472-11892-2 $65.]

Reviewed by Sarah Lappas


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