Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 24, 2000 - Music - 217 pages
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This is the first book to discuss in detail how rap music is put together musically and how it contributes to the formation of cultural identities for both artists and audiences. It also argues that current skeptical attitudes toward music analysis in popular music studies are misplaced and need to be reconsidered if cultural studies are to treat seriously the social force of rap music, popular musics, and music in general. Drawing extensively on recent scholarship in popular music studies, cultural theory, communications, critical theory, and musicology, Krims redefines 'music theory' as meaning simply 'theory about music', in which musical poetics (the study of how musical sound is deployed) may play a crucial role when its claims are contextualized and demystified. Theorizing local and global geographies of rap, Krims discusses at length the music of Ice Cube, the Goodie MoB, KRS-One, Dutch group the Spookrijders, and Canadian Cree rapper Bannock.
 

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A ground-breaking book which influenced the entire genre of music theory in the years following it publication. Music theory has been focused on classical music for many years; this book refocuses on the critical and more universal versions of music.
Krims was a brilliant author and scholar whose work will continue to influence students for generations to come. He invented entirely new theories of work. Krims left behind a valuable well of research that spans popular music, Marxism, music analysis, and a slew of other music-related sub-disciplines.
If you are a serious student of music theory, this book is a necessity. If you are just interested in learning more about music's most popular forms, this book is a fascinating read.
 

Contents

music theory musical poetics rap music
1
Music analysis and rap music
17
A genre system for rap music
46
The musical poetics of a revolutionary identity
93
Rap geography and soul food
123
Two cases of localized and globalized musical poetics
152
Postface
198
Bibliography
205
Discography
210
Index
212
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