By Dimitri A. Bogazianos

ISBN-10: 0814787002

ISBN-13: 9780814787007

ISBN-10: 0814787010

ISBN-13: 9780814787014

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a legislation repealing probably the most debatable guidelines in American legal justice background: the single hundred to at least one sentencing disparity among crack cocaine and powder wherein a person convicted of “simply” owning 5 grams of crack—the identical of some sugar packets—had been required by way of legislation to serve at the very least 5 years in legal. during this hugely unique paintings, Dimitri A. Bogazianos attracts on a variety of assets to envision the profound symbolic results of America’s reliance in this punishment constitution, tracing the wealthy cultural linkages among America’s struggle on medicines, and the inventive contributions of these at once laid low with its damaging effects.

Focusing totally on lyrics that emerged in Nineties ny rap, which critiqued the track for being corrupt, unjust, and legal, Bogazianos indicates what percentage rappers started drawing parallels among the “rap video 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 some distance higher than hip hop tradition, highlighting the measure to which crack cocaine—although a drug lengthy in decline—has come to symbolize the full paradoxical main issue of punishment within the U.S. today.

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