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By Derrick Darby, Tommie Shelby

Is there an excessive amount of violence in hip-hop song? What’s the adaptation among Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop tradition a "black" factor? Is it ok for N.W.A. to name themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to name everyone bitches? those witty, provocative essays give some thought to those and different thorny questions, linking the searing cultural matters implicit — and sometimes specific — in hip-hop to the weighty concerns tested via the nice philosophers of the earlier. The e-book exhibits that rap classics via Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the infamous B.I.G. might help discover the meanings of affection articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can make clear the perception of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the relationship among Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and cause, faraway from being incompatible, may be combined and mastered to think about life's such a lot profound mysteries.

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However, in the 1970s, migrant workers returning from the Gulf States began to bring home low-cost, Japanese-made radio and cassette players. It was these radio and cassette players, known as “two-in-ones,” that gradually changed the face of the music industry in India. By the early 1980s, Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi had substantially increased the reach of the government-owned terrestrial television and radio, which played a prominent role in the dissemination of Indian film songs as well as Indian classical and regional folk music.

By that year, India had become the second largest consumer of cassettes after the United States. The cassette recorder, as Manuel points out, had several features that made it entirely suitable for a country like India. It was inexpensive, portable, and could be operated on either electricity or batteries. In contrast, record players or phonographs were big, expensive, and required a consistent electric supply—something that could be guaranteed only in the bigger towns and cities. In fact, fewer than one million phonographs were sold in all of India.

The remix video, however, is more explicit. It features a woman in blue jeans and a tattoo on her breast performing an erotic dance to accompany the song. The government immediately asked the television channels not to air the video, but because of the publicity, sales of the record and CD skyrocketed. Mobile phone companies vied with each other to offer the melody as a ring tone. Another genre of music that has grown out of film music is the recompilation. By making new combinations of old and notso-old Hindi film songs from the archives, the music industry has found a costefficient path to profits.

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