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"Fuck Bitches, Get Money": Discursive assertions of masculinity and sexual orientation in hip-hop lyrics
Södertörn University College, School of Culture and Communication.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates how male hip-hop artists assert different masculine identities in their song lyrics. The study considers songs released by American, male hip-hop artists during a 20-year time span, 1990-2010. The 20-year period has been divided into four periods spanning five years each, i.e., 1990-1995, 1995-2000, 2000-2005, and 2005-2010, and songs from best-selling artists during these periods have been chosen. A total of 8 artists are considered in this study, representing 12 songs comprising the data. By focusing on the lexicon of the song lyrics, I show how three recurring heterosexual masculine identities are discursively constructed: the male artist as a womanizer, a misogynist, or a homophobe. I furthermore show how these identities are not mutually exclusive, but can rather co-exist and in this way contribute to an unmistakable alpha-male identity. Finally, the diachronic aspect of the data collection methodology enables an additional investigation of the evolution of identity construction in hip-hop, such that prevailing trends in the early 1990s can be compared to trends evident in the current hip-hop scene.

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2010. , p. 56
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hip-hop, linguistics, rap, homophobia, misogyny, womanizer, billboard, ice cube, lil wayne
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-6000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-6000DiVA, id: diva2:395231
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2011-02-04, 15:49 (English)
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