Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department or Program

Speech Communication


Pelias, Ronald J.


This paper strives to understand how my own conceptions (reflexivity) and embodiment (engagement) of a particular rapper, Jay-Z, contributes towards my subjectivity and art. My research answers, “What does my own experience and embodiment of Jay-Z tell me about my own black masculinity and art in the hip-hop generation?” To answer this question, I use what Toyosaki calls “praxis-oriented autoethnography.” I show what my relationship with Jay-Z tells me about my black masculinity, culture, and becoming within the hip-hop generation.