Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D.
David L. Corsun, Ph.D.
Culture, Hip-hop, Identity, Professional, Rap
The rise of explicit rap music in the 1990's brought with it a challenge that has not been seen until today: what becomes of listeners who, once past their adolescent years, become responsible, successful adults yet choose to keep explicit rap music in their lives? This thesis examined that question to find that some high-achieving adults continue to listen to the controversial form of music, while simultaneously separating themselves from the images associated with the music. Furthermore, their musical tastes can present a conflict with their professional images which may cause them to conceal their preference for explicit rap music, thus separating their personal from their professional selves and not allowing every person the freedom to incorporate certain personal aspects of themselves in their professional identities. In addition, listeners of gangsta rap who have had successful careers as white-collar professionals find themselves engaging in levels of self-censorship, in order to keep their musical preferences hidden. This thesis therefore argues that those interested in professional identity development must consider how differing cultures are – or are not – welcomed in professional environments and whether those environments truly are striving to be more diverse and inclusive.
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TaRhonda Thomas McKee
Received from ProQuest
McKee, TaRhonda Thomas, "Thuggin' with the Oldies: Successful Professionals Who Continue to Listen to Gangsta Rap and the Professional Identity Conflict That Arises" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 419.
Music, Social structure, African American studies