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Germany in the Loud Twentieth CenturyAn Introduction$
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Florence Feiereisen and Alexandra Merley Hill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759392.001.0001

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Ghettos, Hoods, Blocks

Ghettos, Hoods, Blocks

The Sounds of German Space in Rap and Hip-Hop

(p.157) Chapter 10 Ghettos, Hoods, Blocks
Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century

Maria Stehle

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces depictions of city spaces in German rap and hip-hop productions that mirror conflicting experiences of space and belonging in the 21st century. The different layers of urban space depicted in rap and hip-hop music, their sounds, voices, noises, and music (re)claim and (re)define space and ownership. Examples range from commercial rap that uses sexist, violent, and in some cases nationalist imagery to hip-hop as an attempt to encourage a global culture of antiracist activism. The conflicting national and transnational identifications that become visible and audible in these discussions, mirror cultural anxieties over changing notions of belonging in a globalized and mediated world.

Keywords:   rap, space, belonging, ownership, racism, sounds, urban

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