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Posthuman Rap

Justin Adams Burton


Posthuman Rap listens for the ways contemporary rap maps an existence outside the traditional boundaries of what it means to be human. Contemporary humanity is shaped in neoliberal terms, where being human means being viable in a capitalist marketplace that favors whiteness, masculinity, heterosexuality, and fixed gender identities. But musicians from Nicki Minaj to Future to Rae Sremmurd deploy queerness and sonic blackness as they imagine different ways of being human. Building on the work of Sylvia Wynter, Alexander Weheliye, Lester Spence, L.H. Stallings, and a broad swath of queer and cri ... More

Keywords: posthuman, Rap, Hip Hop, Sylvia Wynter, Critical Race Theory, Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd, Humanism, Queer Theory, Alexander Weheliye

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190235451
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190235451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Adams Burton, author
Assistant Professor of Music, Westminster University