A review of the major theoretical arguments and important empirical findings relating to the influence of hip hop on the development of youth politics, particularly among U.S. African American communities. Of primary focus to this investigation are the intersections of hip hop and sex/sexuality, hip hop and racial attitudes and hip hop and substance abuse/violence.
Tanji Gilliam is a fifth year Ph.D. student in History of Culture at The University of Chicago. She received her M.A. in History of Culture in 2002 and her M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Her dissertation project is entitled “That Crack In The Concrete: Hip Hop, History and Politics in Black Urban Video Culture”.