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November 03, 2011


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Patrick S. O'Donnell

Let's not forget Paul Butler's Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of [Criminal] Justice (2009). Yet see this student note:

Beth Thornburg

Hip Hop also came up in our Lawtalk research on "rap." In addition to its legal meanings, by the 1800s “rap” had become a term for “talk.” In the latter half of the twentieth century that use became particularly linked to African-American culture and a specific stylized repartee. This in turn evolved into rap and hip-hop music. The two raps came together beautifully in 2007. Responding to criticisms that rap music is a source of racist speech, one newspaper headline asked this question: “Is hip-hop getting a bum rap?”

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