Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area
Oliver Wang is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He is the editor of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide and has written for NPR, Vibe, Wax Poetics, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune, and the Village Voice, amongst others.
Imaginings: Building Community in the Showcase Era
This chapter looks at the institution of the “showcase,” or large-scale, multicrew performances that could draw hundreds or thousands of people from across the Bay Area. Showcases were an important mediator of symbolic capital within the scene and thus drove both competitive and cooperative efforts among crews. Showcases also play a key role in understanding the import of the mobile scene in drawing together Filipino American youth from across different parts of the Bay Area, creating a powerful communal identity in its wake.