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The musicalization of `reality'

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Danielsen, Anne

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Abstract A recurring theme in the theorizing of documentary film is the nature of the relation between image and reality. This article deals with reality effects and documentary aspects in reality rap, focusing on Public Enemy's album Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam, 1990). Specific attention is given to the use of samples from `real life' locations, the inclusion of mass media debates and the use of sonic montage. The article discusses the exchange of music and reality in Public Enemy's music, arguing that the musicalization of reality both enhances the expressive power of their music and makes it possible to produce new meanings in an informational sense.
Free Keywords hip-hop music; music and documentary; music and reality; Public Enemy; reality rap;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 405-421
Journal European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11 (2008) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)