Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial by Pancho McFarland

By Pancho McFarland

Powered by means of a using beat, smart lyrics, and assertive attitudes, rap song and hip hop tradition have engrossed American formative years because the mid-1980s. even if the 1st rappers have been African american citizens, rap and hip hop tradition quick unfold to different ethnic teams who've additional their very own cultural components to the track. "Chicano Rap" deals the 1st in-depth examine how Chicano/a adolescence have followed and tailored rap tune and hip hop tradition to precise their perspectives on gender and violence, in addition to on how Chicano/a formative years healthy right into a globalizing world.Pancho McFarland examines over songs and seventy rap artists from all of the significant Chicano rap areas - San Diego, San Francisco and northern California, Texas, and Chicago and the Midwest. He discusses the cultural, political, ancient, and monetary contexts within which Chicano rap has emerged and the way those have formed the violence and misogyny frequently expressed in Chicano rap and hip hop. specifically, he argues that the misogyny and violence of Chicano rap are direct results of the 'patriarchal dominance paradigm' that governs human family members within the usa. McFarland additionally explains how globalization, financial restructuring, and the conservative shift in nationwide politics have affected Chicano/a adolescence and Chicano rap. He concludes with a glance at how Xicana feminists, a few Chicano rappers, and different cultural employees are striving to arrive Chicano/a early life with a democratic, peaceable, empowering, and freeing message.

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Television, movies, music, and other forms of media privilege images of patriarchal masculinity and hypermasculinity. 38 This marginalization of female voices allows for depictions of women in Chicano rap lyrics that erase the complex subjectivities of women and the importance of women to Chicana/o culture. 39 Moreover, Chicano rap is homosocial. Young men mostly interact with other young men. 40 Because male culture thrives on competition, rappers attempt to outdo each other. Kimmel argues that “masculinity must be proved, and no sooner is it proved than it is again questioned and must be proved again” (1994, 122).

Articulation theory suggests that an understanding of the discourse of violence, power, and gender in Chicano rap requires a rigorous examination of the society of which it is a part. Articulation as a method of inquiry and a “theory of contexts” helps us understand the importance of cultural phenomena by allowing us to see how the various components of a social formation at a given historical moment cohere to allow for a new discourse to take shape (Slack 1996). The political, ideological, cultural, and economic sectors constitute the backdrop against which a discourse takes on meaning (Grossberg 1995).

Times of economic instability in the United States tend to increase racial animosity because Chicanas/os and Blacks are positioned among the lowest in the labor and social hierarchies, increasing each group’s socioeconomic difficulties and thus competition between them. 6 Gaye Johnson writes that as a result of these problems, “Latinos and African Americans have sometimes identified each other as impediments to their own community’s progress” (2002, 321). Incredibly, against these odds in the middle of the 1980s Brown and Black inner-city cultural exchange led to the development of Chicano rap and hip-hop scenes throughout the Southwest.

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