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Hip Hop in American Cinema

Melvin Donalson

Hip Hop in American Cinema examines the manner in which American feature films have served as the primary medium for mainstreaming hip hop culture into American society. With their glamorizing portrayals of graffiti writing, break dancing, rap music, clothing, and language, Hollywood movies have established hip hop as a desirable youth movement. This book demonstrates how Hollywood studios and producers have exploited the profitable connection among rappers, soundtracks, and mass audiences. Hip Hop in American Cinema offers valuable information for courses in film studies, popular culture, and American studies.
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The abbreviation MHL/MPA indicates materials researched in the Archival Files, Margaret Herrick Library, The Motion Picture Academy, Beverly Hills, CA.

Abdullah, Melina, personal interview, November 7, 2005.

Advocat, Stephen. “Theaters Yank Run DMC Film After Violence,” Variety, October 13, 1988, MHL/MPA.

Ali, Production Notes, Studio Press Kit, November 2001, MHL/MPA.

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