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SoundCloud Rap: Signifiers, klass och en genre i förändring
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
SoundCloud Rap : Signifiers, Class and A Genre Going Through Change (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay has been to conduct a nuanced and comprehensible analysis of the SoundCloud rap genre, consisting of two parts: a comparative analysis and a class analysis. With the comparative analysis the essay has illustrated the differences in rap lyrics between the contemporary SoundCloud rappers Yung Lean and Lil Pump with the lyrics in 1990’s rap songs by Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. This analysis has in part been conducted with the help of the concept of signifiers to understand what the content of the lyrics communicates to the listener. The class analysis has then placed these changes into a economical and societal perspective. In this way, the essay not only highlights what changes have occurred, but also why they have done so.

In the analysis it is shown that signifiers are still used but that their content and area of usage has changed. This is, in part, ascribed to the globalization of hiphop and rap as a phenomenon during the 1990’s and 2000’s, but also because of changes in culture and the economy during these years. This has, as the analysis shows, resulted in that the lyrical content of rap has gained a larger focus on uncompromising excess without context. 

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2017. , p. 31
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68571OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68571DiVA, id: diva2:1233011
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