« Getting the city on lock »: imaginaires géographiques et stratégies d’authentification dans le rap en France et aux États-Unis

Translated title of the contribution: "Getting the city on lock": geographical imaginaries and authentication strategies in French and American rap music

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Abstract

Space has long been central to the analysis of rap music. Regarded as emerging from specific urban contexts, this genre is seen as conveying a strong spatial rootedness, as rappers are often willing to "represent" their city or region. On the contrary, this paper will show how they are constructed at the crossroad of different scales and contexts of practice. With case studies in Lille (France) and Atlanta (United States), I will observe how these representations are shaped both by pre-existing images of place and by strategies carried out by rappers, with the aim of asserting their authenticity.
Translated title of the contribution"Getting the city on lock": geographical imaginaries and authentication strategies in French and American rap music
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)102-123
Number of pages22
JournalInformation Geographique
Volume81
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Music
  • Rap
  • Imaginaries
  • Authenticity
  • Scene

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