Introduction to special issue: Prosecuting and Policing Rap

Quinn, Eithne, White, Joy and Street, John ORCID: (2022) Introduction to special issue: Prosecuting and Policing Rap. Popular Music, 41 (4). pp. 419-426. ISSN 0261-1430

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The state's coercive engagement with Black youth expressive culture, and rap music in particular, is a topic of mounting public and scholarly concern. Rap lyrics and videos made by defendants and codefendants are regularly used as evidence in court cases in ways that incite bias against young people in the dock. At the same time, the performance and circulation of rap music are increasingly monitored and constrained by the police and other bodies. Thus, as this special issue explores, the prosecuting and policing of rap music serves as a double-punch against Black youth: the state both showcases rap music as criminal evidence in the courtroom to lock down prosecutions and, at the same time, surveils rappers and suppresses the music's creation and dissemination and, in so doing, the income streams of those who make it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural studies,music ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3316
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 14:30
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 10:30
DOI: 10.1017/S0261143022000642

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