What I Am Thinking About Now: Matthew Martinez, "What’d You Say? Understanding Changing Vulgarity in Hip-Hop Lyrics as a Function of Commodification Processes"
CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303
Matthew Martinez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences
Using a unique dataset of over 1,600 rap songs spanning 16 years, this project investigates how Hip-Hop has changed over time based on the influence of major record label control as witnessed through changes in lyrical vulgarity. Findings are focused on both the changing structure of commodification avenues in the record industry and subcultural changes in Hip-Hop as experienced through lyrical content modifications.