WHAT KIND OF NATION? WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?: GENRE, AESTHETICS, AND NATIONALISM IN PUERTO RICAN HIP HOP Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Heuser, Barkley
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
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  • Puerto Rico’s status in relation to the United States has been fraught since 1898, when it became a US territory. Despite declining support on the Island for political independence, the rhetoric of independence has continued to hold a prominent place in public discourse and cultural production. In this thesis, I argue that Puerto Rican rap acts as a discursive field in which the idea of an independent Puerto Rican nation is shaped and contested. I first examine the politics of genre, focusing on Vico C, Tego Calderón, and Calle 13 as case studies highlighting the significance that genre has for the reception of musical representations of the nation. I then turn to an analysis of the music of Calle 13, specifically allusion and vocal flow, as a means towards understanding how that group musically imagines a Puerto Rico that aligns with the ideals of the Puerto Rican Independence Party.
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  • Bohlman, Andrea
  • Garcia, David
  • Figueroa, Michael
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016
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