Date

2013

Department or Program

Women's and Gender Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Irene Mata

Abstract

Although many believe hip-hop is irredeemably misogynistic and homophobic, hip-hop actually provides a unique space for queer interpretations of identity. Rap music is a poetics and a politics in which construction of oppositional narratives and presentation and performances of race, gender, and sexuality is possible. The works of hip hop artists Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, Las Krudas, and Big Freedia particularly illuminate the processes of identity formation and presentation. Using queerness to examine hip-hop, and using hip-hop to examine queerness demonstrates the significance of hip-hop as a cultural production and social movement.

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