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Hip Hop on FilmPerformance Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s$
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Kimberly Monteyne

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039225

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039225.001.0001

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Hip Hoppers and Valley Girls

Hip Hoppers and Valley Girls

The Economic and Racial Structuring of Youth Cinema in the 1980s

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Hip Hop on Film

Kimberley Monteyne

University Press of Mississippi

Chapter 3 puts the hip hop musical in dialogue with other youth-oriented cinema of the same era and reveals that early hip hop films presented a challenge to the dominant values of white-centered suburban teen cinema. The former evoked hip hop culture as a social and economic system that celebrated difference, innovation, and creativity. This is in sharp distinction to the emphasis on conformity and consumption found in 1980s mainstream youth cinema in which the mall and other suburban enclaves functioned as spaces of racial exclusion that screened out both poverty and ethnic diversity. Hip hop musicals, by contrast, defined community ritual as inclusive, spontaneous, and public by staging music and dance numbers in a variety of civic venues within the urban environment. This chapter closes with an examination of the violence and unrest that plagued screenings of the hip hop musical Krush Groove in suburban multiplex theaters.

Keywords:   Teen film, malls, Krush Groove, suburban, multiplex theater

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