Download PDF by Dimitri A. Bogazianos: 5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, and the War on Drugs

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 some of the most arguable guidelines in American legal justice historical past: the only hundred to 1 sentencing disparity among crack cocaine and powder wherein an individual 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 least 5 years in criminal. during this hugely unique paintings, Dimitri A. Bogazianos attracts on a number of resources to ascertain 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 artistic contributions of these without delay tormented by its damaging effects.

Focusing totally on lyrics that emerged in Nineteen Nineties manhattan rap, which critiqued the tune for being corrupt, unjust, and legal, Bogazianos exhibits what number rappers started drawing parallels among the “rap online 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 a ways greater than hip hop tradition, highlighting the measure to which crack cocaine—although a drug lengthy in decline—has come to symbolize the total paradoxical drawback of punishment within the U.S. today.

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