The Last Verse

in Thug Life

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226395845
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226395869 | DOI:
The Last Verse

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This chapter summarizes the key data of this book and reaffirms the centrality of everyday listeners to the debate over hip-hop's meaning and significance. The significance of balancing textual analysis with in-depth interviews is highlighted. Interviews with everyday hip-hop listeners showed differences and diversity in hip-hop meaning and interpretation. Data exhibited that it is appropriate to understand hip-hop as a tool for identity building with multiple uses. Moreover, respondents did not encourage the notion that a white patriarchal corporate machine is actively producing the insulting representations of black masculinity in order to reinforce racist ideologies and racial inequality. Hip-hop's cultural dominance and the moral panic that surrounds it can push those who engage it toward self-examination and into discussions about race, gender, sexuality, criminal justice, materialism, and consumption.

Keywords: hip-hop; identity building; black masculinity; racist ideologies; racial inequality; moral panic; sexuality; criminal justice

Chapter.  3680 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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