From Jim Crow to Jay-Z
Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Title Page, Copyright, Seriies Page, Dedication
The journalist Wallace Terry once commented that every book is born in debt, and this book is no different. There are many people who have contributed in some way or another to its existence. It began as a dissertation at the University of Washington and is first indebted to the faculty of the ethnomusicology department for the teaching assistantships ...
In Playing in the Dark, Toni Morrison offers a compelling reading of the American literary canon that exposes a largely unremarked but salient “Africanist presence” embedded within the nation’s great works of literature. Morrison interrogates the assumption that the American literary canon has not been substantially influenced by four hundred years of ...
1. Shadow and Act: American Popular Music and the Absent Black Presence
The body was an indispensable component of musical performance until the arrival of sound recording in the early part of the twentieth century. In essence, the representation of live music as sound object, stored on prefabricated discs and mechanically reproduced on phonographs, meant that the social enjoyment of music no longer required a physical body ...
2. The Fire This Time: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Racial Performance
The transatlantic slave trade and chattel slavery in the United States began the commercial enterprise in which the black body was transformed into a commodity to be traded in the public marketplace. The institutionalization of slavery naturalized in the social sphere the assumption of agency over the black body and everything it produced or laid claim to. ...
3. Affective Gestures: Hip-hop Aesthetics, Blackness, and the Literacy of Performance
In hip-hop culture, uniqueness and the expression of individual identity are prioritized through behavior, modes of dress, language, and other ways. Even when styles and expressive behaviors are emulated, imitated, and adopted by those wishing to identify with the culture, they are often at some point adapted and signified upon ...
4. Real Niggas: Black Men, Hard Men, and the Rise of Gangsta Culture
The first time I recall hearing gangsta rap was in 1988, in the dormitory room of a private, predominantly white liberal arts college in the Southwest where I was belatedly earning my bachelor’s degree in English literature. N.W.A.’s album Straight Outta Compton had recently dropped, and a small group of male students whom I knew fairly well ...
5. Race Rebels: Whiteness and the New Masculine Desire
In “The Problem with White Hipness,” Ingrid Monson has suggested how certain affectations that signified and indexed the cool and the hip became associated with black avant-garde jazz musicians from late 1940s bebop culture, and which appeared to reject white mainstream conformity through a music and lifestyle viewed as socially deviant and therefore liberatory. ...
Hip-hop is as popular among youth in Europe as it is in many parts of the world and has had an active if relatively small underground scene since the early 1980s. Masculine performance by adolescent and young white males in the culture of hip-hop in much of Europe derives from interpretations of American black masculinity ...