Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production

Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production

By: Will Turner (author), Josephine Metcalf (author)Paperback

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This collection of essays critically engages with factors relating to black urban life and cultural representation in the post-civil rights era, using Ice-T and his myriad roles as musician, actor, writer, celebrity, and industrialist as a vehicle through which to interpret and understand the African American experience. Over the past three decades, African Americans have faced a number of new challenges brought about by changes in the political, economic and social structure of America. Furthermore, this vastly changed social landscape has produced a number of resonant pop-cultural trends that have proved to be both innovative and admired on the one hand, and contentious and divisive on the other. Ice-T's iconic and multifarious career maps these shifts. This is the first book that, taken as a whole, looks at a black cultural icon's manipulation of (or manipulation by?) so many different forms simultaneously. The result is a fascinating series of tensions arising from Ice-T's ability to inhabit conflicting pop-cultural roles including: 'hardcore' gangsta rapper and dedicated philanthropist; author of controversial song Cop Killer and network television cop; self-proclaimed 'pimp' and reality television house husband. As the essays in this collection detail, Ice-T's chameleonic public image consistently tests the accepted parameters of black cultural production, and in doing so illuminates the contradictions of a society erroneously dubbed 'post-racial'.

About Author

Josephine Metcalf is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull, UK. Will Turner is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Manchester, UK.


Contents: Foreword, Robin Means Coleman; Introduction: 'It's got to feel real but not be real' (Ice-T), Josephine Metcalf and Will Turner. Part 1 Hip-Hop Contexts: Ice/age: experience, achievement, and transformations of an OG, Murray Forman; Ice-T at the movies: the hip-hop film cycle and the on-screen gangsta in flux, Keith Corson; Voices of the gods: definition, diegesis, and discourse in Ice-T's The Art of Rap, James Braxton Peterson. Part 2 Genre Hustling: Crossing police lines: body count and the politics of intercultural miscommunication, Will Turner; Member of an elite squad: Ice-T and the imagining of 'fin' tutuola, Mark D. Cunningham; Ice Loves Coco: reality TV, hip-hop, and the articulation of neo-liberal family values, Barry Shanahan; Writing 'on the rilla' with Ice-T: from autobiography to avatar in Kings of Vice, Jonathan Munby. Part 3 Activist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur: Gaming the system: Ice-T as neoliberal hustler and entrepreneurial philanthropist, Greg Dimitriadis and Justin De Senso; The peacemaking producer of LA: negotiating and representing gangs on reality TV, Josephine Metcalf; Ice-T's sense of redemption and the gangbanger autobiography, H. David Brumble; Getting 'a message through to the red, white, and blue': Ice-T in the age of Obama, Halifu Osumare. Part 4 Interview: Living by your word: an interview with Ice-T. Afterword: Ice-T's '-ish' and the power of street knowledge, Travis L. Gosa; Ice-ography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781472434319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781472434319
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 1472434315

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