Introduction to 'Prosecuting and Policing Rap' special issue

Eithne Quinn, Joy White, John Street

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The state's coercive engagement with Black youth expressive culture, and rap music in particular, is a topic of mounting public and scholarly concern. Rap lyrics and videos made by defendants and codefendants are regularly used as evidence in court cases in ways that incite bias against young people in the dock. At the same time, the performance and circulation of rap music are increasingly monitored and constrained by the police and other bodies. Thus, as this special issue explores, the prosecuting and policing of rap music serves as a double-punch against Black youth: the state both showcases rap music as criminal evidence in the courtroom to lock down prosecutions and, at the same time, surveils rappers and suppresses the music's creation and dissemination and, in so doing, the income streams of those who make it.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberIntroduction
Pages (from-to)419-426
Number of pages7
JournalPopular Music
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


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