"One Line Flows, Yeah I Got Some of Those": Genre, Tradition, and the Reception of Rhythmic Regularity in Grime Flow Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Marsden, Alexander
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music, Musicology Graduate Program
  • In its musical style and performance practices, the British rap genre grime bears the traces of London’s electronic dance music scene, out of which it emerged in the early 2000s. One such trace is grime’s characteristic style of flow—the rhythmic dimensions of a rapper’s delivery of text—and the role that this plays in encouraging grime’s listeners to move. This thesis argues that grime flow exhibits a tendency towards rhythmic regularity, which differentiates it from flow styles that tend toward irregularity. Drawing from music cognition and music-theoretic work on the pleasures of repetition for listeners, particularly in electronic dance music, it asks what listeners find engaging about grime flow’s regularity. It argues, through an analysis of Skepta’s “That’s Not Me,” that grime flow encourages a participatory mode of listening from its audience, which in turn contributes to a broader orientation towards communality in the genre.
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  • Katz, Mark
  • Anderson, Allen
  • Neal, Jocelyn
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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