Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap #2020

Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap By Nik Cohn Triksta Life and Death and New Orleans Rap Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn s love of hip hop goes back to its beginnings and his love of New Orleans even further to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a pl

  • Title: Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap
  • Author: Nik Cohn
  • ISBN: 9781400077069
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap By Nik Cohn Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn s love of hip hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him On the surface he s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario But with his signature charm and passion, he plunges headAcclaimed music writer Nik Cohn s love of hip hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him On the surface he s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario But with his signature charm and passion, he plunges headfirst into the wards, clubs, and projects of New Orleans, opening up a world closed to most outsiders a journey into the heart of the hip hop dream, and into larger question of racial identity in America Written before Hurricane Katrina struck and published here with an afterword that chronicles how Katrina altered the lives of those he met Triksta now stands as an elegy to a city, its music, and its people.
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    About "Nik Cohn"

    1. Nik Cohn

      Cohn is considered by some critics to be a father of rock criticism, thanks to his time on The Observer s early rock column entitled The Brief and his first major book Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, first published in 1969 Cohn has since published articles, novels and music books regularly.

    187 thoughts on “Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap”

    1. Nik Cohn fascinates me A little history first Cohn was a British Mod, who wrote the ultimate book on Rock n Roll history A close friend of The Who, the song Pinball Wizard is based on Cohn, and to top it off he wrote the article Saturday Night Fever that the famous film is based on Although it seems Cohn made up the story, and just transformed his British Mod days onto the world of N.J Disco life via the 70 s He also wrote Rock Dreams one of the great classic books on Rock n Roll iconic imagery [...]


    2. While I am a HUGE HIP HOP FANATIC,what the author Nik Cohn would descibe in a negative light a Hip Hop Head or a purist or as Cohn labels us,Hip Hop snobs I am not never have been a lover of Southern Crunk music or trap music as they call it now apart from Geto Boys,Outkast,The Goodie Mob a few others but they were are hip hop not crunk trap artists which was huge in the U.S in the mid 90s and has taken over the current US charts,its by far the most popular form of hip hop at the moment by far.A [...]


    3. Nik Cohn is a pop music writer and critic in the hyperbolic Lester Bangs style This slender book is as much a memoir as it is a survey of New Orleans hip hop Much of the memoir concerns Cohn s regrets about getting older, getting whiter, and getting left behind by the culture around him, and those regrets leak into his despairing chronicle of the ways rampant gang violence destroys local talents like Souljah Slim before they even reach their prime Apparently the Crescent City took to hip hop lat [...]


    4. My friends and I read this on a road trip from New Orleans to North Carolina I think all of us were pretty skeptical of Nik Cohn,aged white dude coming out of the british rock scene dealing with his own racism by hurling himself into the New Orleans Bounce rap scene He won us all over though A lot of what Cohn talks about is stuff I ve thought about heavily, being, myself, a white dude with complicated feelings about our own relationships to New Orleans and it s music Plus the chapter about tryi [...]


    5. Cohn deals directly with his own racism in this memoir of life on the perimeter of New Orleans bounce music From the first chapter, he explores the inherent power imbalance and problematic figure he strikes as the White hip hop financier Triksta offers the reader a snapshot of life through the author s eyes and generally avoids didactic attempts at resolution, conclusion, or morality.As a White reader, I found Triksta a useful tool for reflection on my own relationship to hip hop, race, and powe [...]


    6. This was an interesting if meandering book The writer comes off as a cranky, older man trying to make a rap album in NOLA, which in itself makes for an odd perspective I never got the feeling he really knew what he was talking about as far as what was hot I think he both misses the boat on hip hop culture and nails it throughout this book though, and that provokes some interesting thoguht and discussion.


    7. it s hard for me to imagine some middle aged white dude breaking into the new orleans rap scene, but it s fascinating to read about even though i lived in new orleans for two years, i still know shockingly little about bounce i m definitely trying to make up for lost time here and nik cohn is a pretty good guide.


    8. Music subcultures are an obsession with me I read an excerpt from this in Da Capo s 2002 best of music writing compilation, and was hooked Cohn gets gets too involved with his subjects for my tastes I honestly prefer him as an observer but Triksta is fascinating as it looks into a music scene that s off the map for most people The post Katrina update was nessecary as well.


    9. This one is good as a memoir, piecemeal as a book about New Orleans Bounce There is a weird current of subtle racism running through it, not surprising I guess since the book is written by a 65 year old white Brittish dude.


    10. Interesting read Wish it spent time on the history of New Orleans rap and the stories of those who made the music, and a little less about his journey trying to influence the making of conscious output, but still found it a very interesting read.


    11. a debilitated British rock journalist relocates to New Orleans to become a rap record producer promoter and does profiles of artists, techs and neighborhoods



    12. I have made an enemy this author deserves to be publicly humiliated in a walking into class naked kind of way or worse the last sentence of the book is new orleans is dead.


    13. I love reading anything about NOLA, but the flip side to this is that I m highly critical This book seemed wildly problematic to me Especially pre K Hmmm Maybe I should reread it.



    14. Excellently written account of almost the last guy you would expect to become a New Orleans mobo producer Funny and insightful.



    15. Interesting read despite the author being so ornery and pessimistic Can definitely tell its a pre Katrina perspective.



    16. Loved this book Cohn is hysterical and I thought the premise was really interesting Made me want to be a music journalist.


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