“Hip-hop speaks true. It is all of us. Where we go, this is where hip-hop goes.”
(BBC World Service 2011)
Hip-hop or rap music has become global. There is scarcely a country in the world where it does not feature. It has been transformed and globalized by the music industry, although its African-American origins survive through its transformation into re-localized cultural inflections. The sonic organisation of its poetics and beat is profoundly implicated in its cultural workings and the formation of identities (Krims 2000). Hip-hop culture reveals how marginalised cultural practices can be used to challenge a dominant discourse such as globalization whilst using its techniques to proliferate. This essay will attempt to analyse the culture of rap music and its relationship to globalisation and the Euro-American Empire.
Rap music is a good example of postmodern social theory, with its perceived resistance reflecting an African-American vernacular culture which…
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