Metal Faces, Rap Masks: Identity and Resistance in Hip Hop's Persona Artist

@article{Hess2005MetalFR,
  title={Metal Faces, Rap Masks: Identity and Resistance in Hip Hop's Persona Artist},
  author={M. Hess},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={28},
  pages={297 - 311}
}
  • M. Hess
  • Published 2005
  • Art
  • Popular Music and Society
  • This paper studies two specific examples of the rap artist persona as resistance strategy, and builds upon several theories of hip‐hop identity and resistance. Using Tricia Rose's concept of rap music as hidden transcript, and Russell A. Potter's idea of rap's postmodern play‐as‐resistance, I argue that certain hip‐hop acts intentionally split or obscure their artist identities to subvert material conditions for the rap performer, and to negotiate their own position within the conflicting… CONTINUE READING
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