Hardback Black masculinity and hip-hop music : black gay men who rap / Xinling Li.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9789811335129 (hbk.) :
This title offers an interdisciplinary study of hip-hop music written and performed by rappers who happen to be out black gay men. It examines the storytelling mechanisms of gay themed lyrics, and how these form protests and become enabling tools for (black) gay men to discuss issues such as living on the down-low and HIV/AIDS. It considers how the biased promotion of feminised gay male artists/characters in mainstream entertainment industry has rendered masculinity an exclusively male heterosexual property, providing a representational framework for men to identify with a form of 'homosexual masculinity' - one that is constructed without having to either victimise anything feminine or necessarily convert to femininity.
ix, 179 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm