Download e-book for iPad: 5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, and the War on Drugs by Dimitri A. Bogazianos

By Dimitri A. Bogazianos

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a legislations repealing essentially the most debatable rules in American legal justice historical past: the single hundred to 1 sentencing disparity among crack cocaine and powder wherein somebody convicted of “simply” owning 5 grams of crack—the similar of some sugar packets—had been required via legislations to serve a minimum of 5 years in legal. during this hugely unique paintings, Dimitri A. Bogazianos attracts on a number of assets to check the profound symbolic effects of America’s reliance in this punishment constitution, tracing the wealthy cultural linkages among America’s struggle on medicinal drugs, and the inventive contributions of these without delay laid low with its damaging effects.

Focusing totally on lyrics that emerged in Nineties manhattan rap, which critiqued the song for being corrupt, unjust, and felony, Bogazianos indicates what number rappers begun 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 some distance greater than hip hop tradition, highlighting the measure to which crack cocaine—although a drug lengthy in decline—has come to symbolize the whole paradoxical obstacle of punishment within the U.S. today.

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