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Author Li, Xinling, author.

Title Black masculinity and hip-hop music : black gay men who rap / Xinling Li.

Published Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]


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Physical description 1 online resource (184 p.)
Series Springer Social Sciences 2019 English+International
Contents Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1 Introduction; Spectacle and the Burden of Representation; The Importance of Gay (Queer) Representation in Hip-Hop; Black Gay Men Who Rap: The Importance of Storytelling; References; Chapter 2 Black Masculinity, Homosexuality and Hip-Hop Music; Homosexuality and Black Nationalism; Hip-Hop Nationalism: The Black Arts Movement and the NOI; Homophobia in Hip-Hop Nationalism; A Homosexual-Free "Africa"?; References; Chapter 3 The Commoditisation of Hip-Hop Music and Queerness
The Rise of Gangsta Rap and the Commoditisation of the Hypermasculine Black MaleThe Gay Rap Attack!; The Problems with Queer Music and Its Commercialisation; The State of Queer Hip-Hop: "Masculinity" Underrepresented?; References; Chapter 4 Revelations from Black Gay Men Who Rap; Searching for Inspirations: Redefining Black History and the Black Identity; References; Chapter 5 Facing Challenges; HIV/AIDS and the Masculine Anxiety; On the Down Low; Coming Out and the Nature of Heterosexual Masculinity; The Problem of Black Gay Representation; "Unloading" the Heterosexual Superego; References
Chapter 6 Homosexual MasculinityHomosexual Masculinity: Challenging the Hip-Hop "Grammar"; Invoking Gender Indifference: The Use of Falsetto; Embracing "Shame": The Technique of Reverse Discourse; References; Chapter 7 Conclusion; The Power of Denial; Where Is the Audience?; Gay Rap as Texts for Gay Youth Empowerment; References; Bibliography; Index
Summary This book offers an interdisciplinary study of hip-hop music written and performed by rappers who happen to be out black gay men. It examines the storytelling mechanisms of gay themed lyrics, and how these form protests and become enabling tools for (black) gay men to discuss issues such as living on the down-low and HIV/AIDS. It considers how the biased promotion of feminised gay male artists/characters in mainstream entertainment industry has rendered masculinity an exclusively male heterosexual property, providing a representational framework for men to identify with a form of "homosexual masculinity" - one that is constructed without having to either victimise anything feminine or necessarily convert to femininity. The book makes a strong case that it is possible for individuals (like gay rappers) to perform masculinity against masculinity, and open up a new way of striving for gender equality.-- Provided by publisher.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Gay musicians.
Musicians, Black.
Rap musicians.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789811335136 electronic book
9811335133 electronic book