New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone by Raquel Z. Rivera

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New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the very beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap mega-stars Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, Puerto Rican participation and contributions to hip hop is frequently downplayed, if not completely ignored. When their presence has been acknowledged, it is usually misinterpreted as a defection from Puerto Rican culture and identity into the African American camp. But, Rivera argues, nothing could be further from the truth. Through hip hop, Puerto Ricans have simply stretched the boundaries of Puerto Ricanness and latinidad.

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RAQUEL RIVERA is a freelance journalist and has a Ph.D. in Sociology from CUNY. Her articles have appeared in a number of diverse publications both regionally and nationally, from Mambo Montage: The Latinization of New York, a book of essays published by Columbia University Press, to newspapers like El Diario/La Prensa and Hoy in New York; El Nuevo Día, The San Juan Star and Claridad in Puerto Rico, and in magazines like Critícas, New York Latino, In the House and Stress.
Published December 20, 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In this brief, scholarly book, freelance journalist Rivera acknowledges Puerto Ricans for their contributions to hip-hop music over the past 30 years.

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