5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, and the War on Drugs by Dimitri A. Bogazianos PDF

By Dimitri A. Bogazianos

ISBN-10: 0814787002

ISBN-13: 9780814787007

ISBN-10: 0814787010

ISBN-13: 9780814787014

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a legislations repealing the most debatable rules in American felony justice background: the only hundred to at least one sentencing disparity among crack cocaine and powder wherein anyone convicted of “simply” owning 5 grams of crack—the identical of some sugar packets—had been required by means of legislations to serve at the least 5 years in criminal. during this hugely unique paintings, Dimitri A. Bogazianos attracts on quite a few assets to envision the profound symbolic outcomes of America’s reliance in this punishment constitution, tracing the wealthy cultural linkages among America’s battle on medications, and the artistic contributions of these without delay stricken by its damaging effects.

Focusing totally on lyrics that emerged in Nineties manhattan rap, which critiqued the track for being corrupt, unjust, and felony, Bogazianos exhibits what number rappers begun drawing parallels among the “rap online game” and the “crack game." He argues that the symbolism of crack in rap’s stance in the direction of its personal commercialization represents an ethical debate that's a ways larger than hip hop tradition, highlighting the measure to which crack cocaine—although a drug lengthy in decline—has come to symbolize the total paradoxical obstacle of punishment within the U.S. today.

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