Week 4 Discussion

Week Four Asynchronous Discussion (150-350 words):

This weeks discussion will continue to deal with Imani Perrys Stinging Like Tabasco, focusing this time on Perrys categories of verbal archetypes. We can refer to these more simply as types of flow:

–  Narrative
–  Exhortation/Proclamation
–  Description
–  Battle
–  Allegory
–  Realism

Imani Perrys types of flow-1.pdf  download 

The attached powerpoint pdf includes excerpts from Stinging Like Tabasco and links to some of the examples she provides, with an additional example I provide for exhortation/proclamation. Take a quick look at these slides and click on the links in order to get familiar with the way these types of flow manifest themselves in different contexts (on genius.com (Links to an external site.), you can scroll down the page to see a youtube video which you can play and listen to as you read the lyrics). Then, do the following:

Choose one song from Week 4s required listenings.














Discuss how one or more types of flow are shown in this recording. How does the type of flow help communicate certain messages? What messages are being communicated? (5%ers, black nationalism, crime, poverty, etc.)

Cite 1 quote from one of the Week 4 Additional readings (C.E. Lincoln, F.M. Miyakawa, John Jackson, Brian Cross) as you discuss what messages are being communicated.

C. E. Lincoln. The Black Muslims in America3rd ed Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 1994. Chapters 1 and 2, p146

F. M. Miyakawa. Five Percenter Rap: God Hops Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Chapters 1 and 2 p940

Jackson, John “Conspiracy is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Hip Hop Aesthetics and Suspicious Spiritualities” in Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US ed. Monica Miller, Anthony Pinn, Bernard Freeman (Bun B) London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cross, Brian Its Not About a SalaryRap, Race and Resistance in Los Angeles. Verso, 1993. Interviews with: Ice Cube (p204217), Cypress Hill (p238248) and DJ Quik (p258262)

Cite 1 example from the song by using time points. For example:

In Public Enemys Fight The Power, Chuck D references the sample of James Browns Funky Drummer when he says sound of a funky drummer (0:26).

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