Ghettos, Hoods, Blocks

Maria Stehle

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759392
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918911 | DOI:
Ghettos, Hoods, Blocks

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This chapter traces depictions of city spaces in German rap and hip-hop productions that mirror conflicting experiences of space and belonging in the 21st century. The different layers of urban space depicted in rap and hip-hop music, their sounds, voices, noises, and music (re)claim and (re)define space and ownership. Examples range from commercial rap that uses sexist, violent, and in some cases nationalist imagery to hip-hop as an attempt to encourage a global culture of antiracist activism. The conflicting national and transnational identifications that become visible and audible in these discussions, mirror cultural anxieties over changing notions of belonging in a globalized and mediated world.

Keywords: rap; space; belonging; ownership; racism; sounds; urban

Chapter.  9105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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