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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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4 Tupac Shakur: Hip-Hop Icon and Screen Idol

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Tupac Shakur: Hip-Hop Icon and Screen Idol



Detectives Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur) and Divinci (Jim Belushi) attempt to balance their ethics and friendship in the action drama Gang Related (1997). Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

By the end of 2005, many hip-hop heads would debate which MC was the most outstanding in style, content, and image. Depending upon age, geographical location, and stylistic preference, hip hoppers might fall into various cohorts that extol the particular attributes possessed by their favorite rapper. However, most would agree that the one rapper who has excelled in life and death, in both the music and movie fields, was Tupac Shakur.

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