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

By Dimitri A. Bogazianos

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a legislation repealing the most arguable guidelines in American felony justice historical past: the single hundred to 1 sentencing disparity among crack cocaine and powder wherein anyone convicted of “simply” owning 5 grams of crack—the an identical of some sugar packets—had been required by way of legislation to serve not less than 5 years in criminal. during this hugely unique paintings, Dimitri A. Bogazianos attracts on quite a few assets to check the profound symbolic outcomes of America’s reliance in this punishment constitution, tracing the wealthy cultural linkages among America’s warfare on medications, and the artistic contributions of these at once stricken by its damaging effects.

Focusing totally on lyrics that emerged in Nineteen Nineties ny rap, which critiqued the tune for being corrupt, unjust, and legal, Bogazianos exhibits what percentage 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 some distance larger than hip hop tradition, highlighting the measure to which crack cocaine—although a drug lengthy in decline—has come to symbolize the total paradoxical hindrance of punishment within the U.S. today.

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