How You Gonna Be the King of New York?

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How You Gonna Be the King of New York?

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Hip-Hop culture has been a site for the promotion of black hypermasculininity. In the past decade, artist Jay Z (Shawn Carter) has challenged this logic in many of his music videos, including one in which Jay Z is symbolically killed, which creates the context for the “birth” of a cosmopolitan black masculinity within mainstream hip-hop.

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University.

Publication Date

3-8-2010

Keywords

hip-hop, black popular culture, black studies, hypermasculinity, Jay

How You Gonna Be the King of New York?
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