The purpose of this research is to understand how non-white, marginalized races and/or ethnicgroups feel about utilizing hip hop music to address and combat structural violence. Structuralviolence includes any institutional, social, and political barriers that prevent equality. Twenty-six non-white participantswere recruited and asked to listen to and watch music videos for three contemporary hip hop songs: Nowhere Fast by Eminem ft. Kehlani (2017), This is Americaby Childish Gambino (2018), and Nothin’ Newby 21 Savage (2017). Participants then conversed with one another through a focus group session in which questions were asked about how they felt about artists utilizing hip hop music to communicate discontent towards societal practices that enable structural violence, how hip hop music may or may not contribute to feelings of group cohesion and identity within marginalized groups, and their thoughts on the utility of hip hop music in the future when addressing inequality.
"Hip Hop Music and Communicative Messages: Non-white Resistance of Marginalization Experienced in America,"
Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research: Vol. 19, Article 7.
Available at: https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope/vol19/iss1/7