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ERIC Number: ED463517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 8
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A Musical Color Line: The Problem of Race in White Rap Rhetoric.
Riddles, Allison
An instructor of freshman composition at Ohio University always teaches a section on music in her courses because freshmen jump at the chance to discuss a part of their youth culture that they readily identify with. The problem, however, has been how to incorporate rap music successfully into these discussions with a classroom full of white students. A viable solution presented itself with the rise of white rappers like Eminem and Kid Rock. The appeal of rap music has always been the feelings of alienation presented in the unabashedly angry lyrics, and now that white rappers are expressing the same feelings of angst and rage as black rappers, a whole new fan base has been created. This paper discusses in detail some of the lyrics and attitudes of Kid Rock and Eminem. The paper states that rap has many ethnic groups represented, including Latinos, African Americans, and now Caucasians. It finds that students in the composition class, through extensive discussions on rap and race, recognized that being white is a specific ethnic identity instead of just the norm or the typical majority. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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