From resistance to incorporation: how Kendrick Lamar turned from Black saviour to Black salesman
AffiliationMelbourne Conservatorium of Music
Document TypeHonours thesis
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© 2019 Krishan Meepe
Rapper Kendrick Lamar came to prominence with his 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, an album built upon a platform of political resistance and Black liberation. However, on his 2017 album, DAMN., we see him move away from this political standpoint and cater to a mainstream audience. This thesis examines how this shift manifests and how Black artists fall victim to the process of incorporation by the mainstream culture industry. As racial symbolism is commodified and consumed by mainstream audiences, who may ignore or misread the political history of hip hop and Black resistance, how can Black identities remain authentic? How can racial minorities attain liberation from white supremacy?
Keywordsresistance; consumption; identity; blackness; Kendrick Lamar; politics; ethnomusicology
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