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Introduction

  • Xinling Li
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Abstract

The introduction problematises sexuality in the field of hip-hop by pointing out that as a form of popular music not only is hip-hop predominantly heteronormative in content, it also carries the burden of representing a unified notion of blackness that mandates the behavioural congruence between masculinity and heterosexuality for black men. Unlike music genres where neither disclosure of homosexuality nor same-sex themed lyrics is detrimental to an artist’s career, hip-hop is yet to embrace rappers who romanticise same-sex love or protest against homophobic rap icons. In response, this book aims to demonstrate, by analysing the stories and songs of several out black rappers, how combining masculinity and homosexuality in music brings about a unique form of power that challenges the very root of hetero-patriarchy.

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  • Xinling Li
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  1. 1.ChengduChina

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