Midnight Maraudin': Lyrics To Go
This thesis discusses the role of hip-hop music, particularly the group A Tribe Called Quest, in expressing Afrocentric thought and postcolonial theory within the Afro-American community on the East Coast of the United States during the 1980s and 1990s. I explore how hip-hop served as a means to develop a distinct identity in a dismissive American society. The research aims to establish how hip-hop groups utilized postcolonial thought, connecting it to Afrocentric ideology in their music, to unify their dual identity. For this, I make extensive use of postcolonial theories of 'double consciousness' by W.E.B. Du Bois and Afrocentric thought, as expressed in the studies of Molefi Kete Asante. The study delves into themes of identity, culture, and social engagement within the context of this musical genre, zooming in on the landmark album Midnight Marauders released in 1993.
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