This image shows a typical display of gangsta rap poses and clothing. All members of this group were black. All wore baggy clothes typical for this genre of music. Large chunky necklaces are evident on several of the members. In this image, hoodies and beanies are popular. All group members in the photograph have angry facial expressions and poses. No guns, caps or sunglasses are evident in this particular image, but are often frequent characteristics of similar photographs. This is a historic image that is useful to inform people today of the style and clothing choices of a typical gangsta rap group in the 1980s- 1990s. Of particular interest is the large items of jewellery and the overly baggy items of clothing neither of which would be a popular clothing choice today. Usefulness as a source 3/5 Hoard, C. (2014, November 10). How the Wu-Tang Clan Overcame Bad Blood on Comeback LP 'A Better Tomorrow'. Retrieved June 21, 2017, from http://img.wennermedia.com/480-width/rs-175174-retna4296584.jpg
This YouTube clip contains an interesting compilation of video clips of gangsta rappers and their music videos from over the years. Other than Eminem who makes a cameo appearance in the YouTube video all of the other musicians are of African-American heritage. Many of the scenes are historic with screen shots of people in cars cruising the streets. There are snippet images of bling, women, drugs, cigarettes, guns and smoke. Many of the scenes are recorded at night. The clothing styles shown are typical gangsta wrap clothing with hoodie tops, baggy pants, lots of bling and sunglasses. The lyrics of the song are very explicit and are not suitable for a young audience. This source is valuable as it is a filmed record of the music genre depicting several of the original artists, many of whom have since died. Rating historic interest and usefulness score out of 5 : 3.5 Tupac Thug Theory, (2017, June 17). 2Pac: Gangsta rap made me do it (Mega Mix). Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7chDL-cVqU
The majority of the book is displayed on Google Scholar as a Google book. It is a very in-depth history and analysis of gangsta rap. The book was published by Columbia Press on June 1 2010 and has 264 pages. The book studies a range of gangsta rap artists and the genre of the music as well as the history and influence of the sub-culture formed by the music. This book would be of interest to anyone who wishes to research the genre of gangsta rap music and gain a greater understanding of the musicians of the time. Usefulness rating 4/5. Quinn, E. (2010). Nuthin' but a "G" Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap. New York: Columbia University Press.
This is an interesting website because it is a voting website where people can vote for different things, in this case the greatest gangsta rappers of all times. At the beginning of the page is a definition of gangsta rap and some basic information about the music genre. Then the page displays the various rappers in order of popularity. The popularity vote is not particularly useful, what is useful is the personalised information and resources displayed about each rapper or group when the links are clicked on. There are 50 gangsta rappers or groups displayed. Historically this is a useful resource as it is a comprehensive list of the gangsta rap artists of the time and becomes a good site to access resources and other information about them. Usefulness of source 3 out of 5 The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time. (2017, June 21). Retrieved from Ranker: http://www.ranker.com/list/gangsta-rap-bands-and-musicians/reference