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“My President Is Black”: Speech Act Theory and Presidential Allusions in the Lyrics of Rap Music

James Peterson and Cynthia Estremera

in The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199341801
eISBN:
9780199355662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341801.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter analyzes representations of political leadership within rap lyrics. Using speech act theory, it examines how hip hop lyrics that specifically allude to U.S. presidents have changed since ... More


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