Brotherly Love: Homosociality and Black Masculinity in Gangsta Rap Music

@article{Oware2011BrotherlyLH,
  title={Brotherly Love: Homosociality and Black Masculinity in Gangsta Rap Music},
  author={M. Oware},
  journal={Journal of African American Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={15},
  pages={22-39}
}
  • M. Oware
  • Published 2011
  • Journal of African American Studies
Hip hop, specifically gangsta rap music, reflects a stereotypical black masculine aesthetic. The notion of a strong black male—irreverent, angry, defiant and many times violent—is pervasive in gangsta rap music. This badman trope, as characterized by Robin Kelley (1996), oftentimes encompasses hypermasculinity, misogyny, and homophobia. It should come as no surprise that this genre of rap music is rife with sexist themes and lyrics. Yet, what has not been fully explored are the progressive ways… Expand
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