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I Got Something to Say

Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music

Authors: Oware, Matthew

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  • Includes a lyrical (content) analysis of recent rap music of men and women from 2005 to 2015
  • Analyzes commercial and underground/independent rap music in the United States
  • Discusses the emergence of queer emcees, the role of Black Lives Matter, and current politics 
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About this book

What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. Male and female artists litter their rhymes with misogynistic and violent imagery. However, men also express a full range of emotions, from arrogance to vulnerability, conveying a more complex manhood than previously acknowledged. Women emphatically state their desires while embracing a more feminist approach. Even LGBTQ artists stake their claim and express their sexuality without fear. Finally, in the age of Black Lives Matter and the presidency of Donald J. Trump, emcees forcefully politicize their music. Although complicated and contradictory in many ways, rap remains a powerful medium for social commentary.

About the authors

Matthew Oware is the Lester Martin Jones Professor of Sociology at DePauw University, USA. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar whose articles have appeared in Journal of African American Studies, Journal of Black Studies, Poetics, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. He teaches courses in Sociology and Africana Studies.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90453-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08019-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
I Got Something to Say
Book Subtitle
Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90454-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90454-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90453-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08019-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 240
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