Hip hop japan rap and the paths of cultural globalization by ian is a model case of condrys careful observation of events at nightclubs that is developed into a wider reflection on globalization in the hip hop scene condry argues . If japanese hip hop cannot be explained in terms of racial dynamics what are the terms in which emcees compete for authority and fame in this chapter i consider in more detail the history of hip hop in japan to explore why neither the term global homogenization nor localization accurately describes the scenes evolution the challenge is to explain a widening diversity within japans . Situating the voices of japanese artists in the specific nightclubs where hip hop is performed what musicians and fans call the genba actual site of the scene he draws attention to the collaborative improvisatory character of cultural globalization. In this lively ethnography ian condry interprets japans vibrant hip hop scene explaining how a
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