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From Jim Crow to Jay-ZRace, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity$
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Miles White

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036620

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036620.001.0001

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The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

Black Masculinity and the Politics of Racial Performance

(p.19) 2. The Fire This Time
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z

Miles White

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on comparisons between minstrelsy and constructions of black masculinity in hip-hop music and culture, particularly the context of hard and hardcore styles of rap performance. Since minstrelsy, blackness has been one of America's primary cultural exports. Furthermore, hip-hop music and culture have been integral in the construction of a new cultural complex of racial perceptions about black masculinity and the black male body. In addition, the chapter shows how black masculinity can be relocated and transposed not simply to other geographical locations, but onto other kinds of bodies in representations that reproduce and perpetuate pejorative understandings of black subjectivities.

Keywords:   hip-hop music, hip-hop culture, black masculinity, black male body, black subjectivities, black rage, hardcore rap

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