“I remake my universe every time I use a verse”: rap music and the changing same of anti-racist struggle in 21st century America

Michael Moschilla

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Examining an array of prominent rappers, this thesis assesses rap music as a counterhegemonic voice opposing the various crises engendered by neoliberal racial capitalism in 21st century America. Assessing modern histories through the lens of rap music offers alternative accounts of histories and ideas taken as ‘common sense’, illustrating the gulf between the grand rhetoric of neoliberalism and its lived reality. But rap does more than this: it seeks alternatives. Every chapter of this thesis looks to rap as a form of expression seeking to “remake universes” in a way that rhymes liberation into existence.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Blue, Ethan, Supervisor
  • Tonkin, Kati, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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