A History of Rap And Reality

Jul 27, 2021

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A new book out this fall explores American pop culture in the late 80’s and 1990’s, and argues that there was a common thread connecting the explosive popularity of rap music with the origins of reality TV.

Today we talk to the author of “Who Got the Camera? A History of Rap and Reality” about what this decade tells us about how hip-hop and TV have been used–and misused–as vessels for truth-telling.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.


Eric Harvey
Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University