Date of Award

Spring 4-1-2007

Document Type


First Advisor

Shirley Shultz Myers

Second Advisor

John Christiansen


This paper describes the misdirected path and tainting of rap music from its positive origins to the commercially violent genre it is thought of today. Variables in this devolution of rap include the influence of record and distribution companies, deindustrialization, white flight, migration of gangs, and the introduction of prison culture. This paper introduces a new variable which is the relationship between the emergence of crack cocaine and the devolution of rap music. Other work has begun to appear that mentions one or several variables but not all of them. Arguing that none of these factors can be fully understood in isolation, this paper is the first to examine them in depth and to synthesize them into an interwoven, inseparable whole.

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