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Hip Hop & The Crack Epidemic. Heroin & Cocaine. James Brown – King Heroin Cocaine – Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, J- S ki Love Glamour Expensive - $80-90,000 /kg. Freebase aka Crack. Ability to smoke it – more potent Complicated chemical process

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heroin cocaine
Heroin & Cocaine
  • James Brown – King Heroin
  • Cocaine – Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, J-Ski Love
  • Glamour
  • Expensive - $80-90,000 /kg
freebase aka crack
Freebase aka Crack
  • Ability to smoke it – more potent
  • Complicated chemical process
  • Freeway Ricky Ross – baking soda instead of ether
  • Mass production – cheap - $10 a rock
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1984
  • Ronald Raegan – US president
  • Recession – Tax breaks for rich, cutbacks for poor
dealers
Dealers
  • Snoop, RZA, Biggie, Raekwon, Ice-T, Jay-Z
  • Role models
  • Scarface – Tony Montana – Rags to riches story
media hype
Media Hype
  • More addictive – crazy things to get it
  • Violence/crime – few neighborhoods in big cities
  • Media frenzy – focus on black neighborhoods - fear of black threat
war on drugs
War On Drugs
  • Violence – shootouts – becoming an epidemic
  • Ronald Raegan – war on drugs
  • Demonized - More punishment, evil
  • Long prison terms – 5 yrs for 5 grams – 100:1
  • “Just say NO” - Hollywood
music
Music
  • Dealer became very rich – loaned $ to kids to press records
  • Too $hort, Schooly D, BDP (KRS One) – rappers became reporter – opposite from media
  • Fashion – gold chains, Gucci, MCM, LV
la gangs
LA Gangs
  • Drugs from Nicaragua – fast food style work
  • Crack multiplied gangs – Crips/Bloods
  • Weapons in the hood – Uzi, AK-47
  • LAPD – police militarization – Batteram
  • NWA – story tellers
late 80s early 90s
Late 80s – Early 90s
  • Crack wiping out black America
  • Public Enemy – Baseheads – zombies
  • COPS – TV show
  • George Bush Sr – Increased prisons – mass incarceration
  • Police out of control – 1992 – Rodney King
prisons
Prisons
  • 1986 laws – largest prison population in the world
  • Disproportionally black
  • 2010 – Obama reduced ratio – 18:1
  • 2014 – trying to reduce sentences
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