New PDF release: Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race: Essays

By Scott F. Parker

ISBN-10: 0786476753

ISBN-13: 9780786476756

Eminem is the best-selling musical artist of the twenty first century. he's additionally some of the most contentious and most intricate artists of our time. His verbal dexterity ranks him one of the maximum technical rappers ever. The content material of his songs combines the gruesome and the comical with the honest and the profound, all advised during the subtle layering of a number of personae. even if one eventually assesses his contribution to pop culture, there is no denying his imperative position in it. This selection of essays provides his paintings the serious realization it has lengthy deserved. Drawing from historical past, philosophy, sociology, musicology, and different fields, the writers accumulated right here examine Eminem's position in Hip Hop, the highbrow underpinnings of his paintings, and the jobs of race, gender and privilege in his occupation, between numerous different issues. This unique remedy could be favored by way of Eminem fanatics and cultural students alike.

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A crucial aspect of this threat to hegemonic whiteness is the way that Eminem’s unwavering self-presentation as “white trash” works to unsettle the dominant cultural mythology that equates “whiteness” with middleclass prosperity. S. culture. The blackness in Eminem’s background that Rux points to is rooted in the fact that Eminem’s childhood poverty placed him in the disproportionately black “hood” of inner city Detroit. And so it’s significant that a number of Eminem’s detractors play “the race card” in order to steer the broader conversation away from the sort of crossracial, class-based alliances that Eminem’s popularity suggests might be possible.

3. There are many sources for more detailed arguments about these particular discursive silences and evasions, but some of the best are bell hooks, Where We Stand: Class Matters (New York: Routledge, 2000); Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” reprinted in Paula S. , Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study, 4th ed. (New York: St. ” and Other Conversations About Race (New York, Basic, 1999); and Patricia J. Williams, Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (New York, Noonday, 1997).

And it would be easy to respond to this very traditional sort of condemnation of the dangers of popular culture with the very traditional litany of rebuttals: that is, to note that mass media effects are rarely as direct or powerful as the “violent lyrics produce violent crime” equation implies, or that the social ills in question arise from an impossibly tangled knot of multiple causes, or that audiences may be using all this “dangerous” media fare to channel their pre-existing antisocial attitudes into relatively harmless fantasies.

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