reading response


 Reading Response

(on Rose and Cottom)

Please answer each of the following questions, drawing from the readings where applicable. Responses to each question should be a minimum of 100 words.

  1. According to Rose, how do the properties of “flow, layering, and rupture simultaneously reflect and contest the social roles open to urban inner-city youth at the end of the twentieth century” (426)? And how do these properties show up in the main expressive arts of hip hop culture (break dancing, rapping, and graffiti)?
  2. What does Cottom say about the relationship between country authenticity and hip-hop authenticity in the success of hick-hop songs? How does this discourse of authenticity relate to the goal of hick-hop as a genre, and to its audience?

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