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The Long Island Rap Renaissance: hip-hop’s suburban turn and America’s changing Black middle class, 1986-1993

Project description

Tracing hip-hop's Black suburban history to deepen understanding of its social character

Hip-hop’s history has generally been theorised through the social lens of its inner-city origins in post-industrial New York as ‘ghetto’ music. Yet, from 1986 to 1993 many of the genre’s most innovative and commercially successful acts came from small Black towns in suburban Long Island. The EU funded LI-RAP project is the first work to explore this era-defining explosion of hip-hop innovation from the suburbs, with the aim of more fully illuminating the genre’s complex history of race, class and geography. LI-RAP frames its account by looking to New York’s rapid wave of Black suburbanisation in the post-Civil Rights decades, and to the shifting fortunes of these little-documented Black communities, which often viewed themselves as middle class.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Net EU contribution
€ 196 590,72
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00