"Bounce uses the tools of the historian, the musicologist, and the sociologist as it works to create a portrait of rap music in New Orleans that at once places bounce in a legible history of African American cultural life while also paying careful attention to the particularities of New Orleans’s unique musical cultures.—Jeffrey Melnick, author of 9/11 Culture and coeditor of American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century
""Miller's research is more than thorough. He convincingly establishes bounce as yet another offshoot of New Orleans's unique musical culture.""—PopMatters
""While Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans is indeed the first book of its kind on the subject, its importance lies not so much in this distinction as it does in the thoughtful perspectives that inform its methodology. Careful not to approach bounce music in either musical or cultural isolation, Miller considers the realities of New Orleans's geographic and socio-spacial history, the city's long tradition of public street performance, the central role of the housing projects, the stark meterialities of racialized poverty and violence, and the effects of Hurricane Katrina, displacement, and the right to return, largely without falling into the trap of romanticization and/or morbid glorification that so many others writing on the subject do. subject do. . . . Miller provides readers with a solid resource that can and will be used by writers, journalists, music critics, culture workers, and enthusiasts alike as a point of departure for further exploration and reflection.""—Southern Spaces
""Miller leaves no stone unturned, focusing on every conceivable way bounce has affected New Orleans. . . . Bounce is a comprehensive history and should stand as the go-to document for anyone looking to read up on one of the most important music genres in the country.""—Off Beat
""Miller's book is important, if for no other reason than its placement of Sissy Bounce within the realm of contemporary subaltern cultural production.""—Journal of African American History"