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Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity

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Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521632683

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  • This is the first book to discuss in detail how rap music is put together musically. Whereas a great deal of popular music scholarship dismisses music analysis as irrelevant or of limited value, the present book argues that it can be crucial to cultural theory. It is unique for bringing together perspectives from music theory, musicology, cultural studies, critical theory, and communications. It is also the first scholarly book to discuss rap music in Holland, and the rap of Cree Natives in Canada, in addition to such mainstream artists as Ice Cube.

    • It is the first scholarly book to propose detailed analysis of rap songs and to lay out a genre system for rap
    • It theorizes issues of local and global geographies, discussing both mainstream artists like Ice Cube and more localized artists in Holland and Canada
    • The book presents a truly interdisciplinary theory of music, drawing from music theory, musicology, cultural studies, geography, and communications
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    "...students and scholars who accept the academic importance of the rap idiom (an idealization of rap is already taking place in the works of young composers -- Gregory Walker, for example) will appreciate this contribution to the literature on contemporary music." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521632683
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: music theory, musical poetics, rap music
    1. Analyzing rap music
    2. A genre system for rap music
    3. The musical poetics of a 'revolutionary' identity
    4. Rap geography and soul food
    5. Two cases of localized (and globalized) musical poetics

  • Author

    Adam Krims, University of Alberta

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