From the academic journal Itineration.
The discursive output of Hip Hop points to the representation and forming of identity of a highly popular and influential culture. While these messages may not come through a traditionally studied medium in rhetorical studies or contain “Truth” in the Platonic or Confucian sense, they serve as powerful and complex rhetorical avenues from which to study issues of identity and race and their connections to social and ideological philosophies and realities. This essay focuses on the kairotic messages and communal truths that Hip Hop brings to light and the intricate web of rhetoric, race, and identity it involves. The essay also considers the ramifications of social and historical inequity and racialization on the creation of discourse and, conversely, on the ramifications of discourse on social and historical inequity and racialization. The latter part of the essay focuses on specific historical “racial projects” including the 1992 L.A. Riots, Hurricane Katrina, and the presidencies of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.