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Sounding Race in Rap Songs by Loren Kajikawa

By Loren Kajikawa

As some of the most influential and well known genres of the final 3 many years, rap has cultivated a mainstream viewers and develop into a multimillion-dollar by way of selling hugely seen and infrequently debatable representations of blackness. Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap song permits us not just to determine but additionally to listen to how mass-mediated tradition engenders new understandings of race. The ebook lines the altering sounds of race throughout a few of the best-known rap songs of the prior thirty-five years, combining song-level research with old contextualization to teach how those representations of identification depend upon particular inventive judgements, comparable to these with regards to how manufacturers make beats. each one bankruptcy explores the method at the back of the creation of hit songs by way of musicians together with Grandmaster Flash and the livid 5, The Sugarhill Gang, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and Eminem. This sequence of case reports highlights stylistic transformations in sound, lyrics, and imagery, with musical examples and illustrations that aid resolution the middle query: do we pay attention race in rap songs? Integrating conception from interdisciplinary components, this ebook will resonate with scholars and students of well known tune, race family members, city tradition, ethnomusicology, sound reviews, and beyond.

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