‘The industry’s the new road’: Crime, commodification and street cultural tropes in UK urban music

  title={‘The industry’s the new road’: Crime, commodification and street cultural tropes in UK urban music},
  author={Jonathan Ilan},
  journal={Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal},
  pages={39 - 55}
  • J. Ilan
  • Published 22 February 2012
  • Art
  • Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal
With original authors and audiences from the most disadvantaged and excluded communities across Western society, urban music has been equally scorned and sought out for its referencing of, and/or association with, criminal activity. Urban music (such as rap from the United States) can be understood as generating both ‘respectable fears’ and ‘subcultural capital’, appealing to youthful consumers who are seduced by its ostensibly transgressive character. This appeal is linked to the urban… 

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