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5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, and the War on Drugs

Dimitri A. Bogazianos


In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law repealing one of the most controversial policies in American criminal justice history: the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder whereby someone convicted of “simply” possessing five grams of crack—the equivalent of a few sugar packets—had been required by law to serve no less than five years in prison. This book draws on various sources to examine the profound symbolic consequences of America's reliance on this punishment structure, tracing the rich cultural linkages between America's war on drugs, and the creative contribu ... More

Keywords: crack cocaine, Barack Obama, criminal justice, war on drugs, rap, music industry, sentencing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814787007
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814787007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dimitri A. Bogazianos, author