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dc.contributor.advisor Eichstedt, Jennifer en Funk, Zachary en 2009-05-12T20:45:18Z en 2009-05-12T20:45:18Z en 2009-05 en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Humboldt State University, Sociology, Teaching Sociology, 2009 en
dc.description.abstract Rap music has been alive and well as a form of popular music for the last three decades. While the salience of hip-hop culture and rap music in our society has provided a rich environment for diverse forms of its expression, it has also provided a rich environment for its commercialization. Rappers independent from major record labels must negotiate the presentation of their identity within a climate of homogenized claims of authenticity by commercially popular rappers. This thesis seeks to explore the ways that this relationship plays out through the freestyle and written rap music of independent artists. Multiple methods were used, including: participant observation, interview and content analysis. Local artists are highlighted in this work, with reference to the social context in which their music is framed. Therefore, this thesis provides insight into the ways that independent rap artists express their status, while resisting the homogenization of rap music and culture at large. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Humboldt State University en
dc.subject Freestyle en
dc.subject Underground hip hop en
dc.subject Hegemony en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.title Dissonant lyricists : expressions of identity and resistance in underground hip hop en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.program Sociology en

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